Paradox as a Medicine for Teams that are Stuck
Zondervan, Management Consultant, Netherlands
Don't underestimate the power of paradox.
Having dealt with a number of stuck or dysfunctional teams myself I turn myself into a paradox for them. This helps break behavioural patterns and gets the team moving.
The paradox I present is a combination of straightforward pressure: look guys we just need to show progress now, also played this on individual level.
: the only reason we are getting paid is because we can show results.
: if you encounter any problem at all, you can reach me.
So it is to be supportive and directive at the same time.
The other thing I have in my favour is that as I work with Scrum teams (Editor: ~an agile multidisciplinairy software development method) I have a daily status with the whole team
on each team member's progress and activity for the day. Tasks are taken up by individuals and are plainly visible on the wall.
Then as we move along progress (on these tasks) becomes visible as well, The team gets visibly "unstuck" and starts to enjoy the sense of achievement.