Issues with Self Directed Teams

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Vivian, Nigeria

Issues with Self Directed Teams

What are the issues with Self-directed teams? Any typical problems or things to watch out for... Thanks for sharing some ideas.

  John Beecroft
Student (MBA), Nigeria

Issues with Self-directed Teams

By definition, self-directed teams lack the standard management structure which brings rise to some issues such as:
- Discipline: team members often find it difficult to maintain discipline amongst themselves and this is heightened in self-managed/directed teams.
- Focus: sometimes, these teams tend to develop goals that are at tangent to the focus of the organisation.
- Self-management: lots of people find it difficult to operate effectively for long outside the standard management structures. Ideally, such people should never be part of such teams in the first place.

  Kathy Schroeder, United States

More Issues with Self-directed Teams...

- Accountability is another obvious issue with self-directed teams for the same reasons John Beecroft explained. Due to the shared responsibilities within the team, it may be difficult to ensure all share the same goals and level of interest to get the work done.
- I can also see where differing personalities could cause problems on self-directed teams. While different personalities can add flavor to the group, everyone must be on board in order to be successful.


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