How to Deal with a Team that is Stuck?

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Dan Corbett
Management Consultant, Canada

How to Deal with a Team that is Stuck?

I am interested in understanding how to move a project team forward from what I call being "stuck" - not sure about the way forward to becoming "unstuck" - getting clarity on the way ahead. Any suggestions as to team activities or process to break the inertia?

  David B. Guerrero
Student (MBA), United States

Suggestions for a Team that's Stuck

When a project team becomes "stuck" or stagnant, somewhere along the way, the team lost their focus. To get them back on track:
- Re-introduce the original goal of the project. Have the team put the goal on a large piece of construction paper or poster board and hang it up in the room where the team routinely meets. This will serve as a constant reminder of their purpose. This would be a great time to discuss the team's progress and possible alter the original goal.
- Maybe the goal changed somehow through the groups previous work; check on that.
- Lastly, "have the team select a co-project leader". If you're the project manager of the team, you may be involved with more than one project. It may be a good idea to put someone in charge to keep the team focused in the event you are absent. This would be a great opportunity to mentor a top producing employee to an increasingly responsible position. Hope this helped. Good luck.

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