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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 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 a process to break the inertia?
 

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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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Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India
 

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Curtis Richardson
Business Consultant, United States
 

Getting Out of the Quicksand

1. Bring the sponsor in with the team and have the sponsor reiterate the objectives and importance o... Sign up

 
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Zondervan
Management Consultant, Netherlands
 

Paradox as a Medicine for Teams that are Stuck

Don't underestimate the power of paradox. Having dealt with a number of stuck or dysfunctional team... Sign up

 
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Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar
India
 

Try Association with the Sun to Let Go of Inertia

As you know humans are complex systems. If there is a feeling of being stuck in the team, associatio... Sign up

 
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Norman Dragt
Netherlands
 

What Causes the Team to be Stuck?

The team is stuck, but what is/are the cause(s)? This is of course the first thing you need to find ... Sign up

 
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Roger A Revell
Consultant, United States
 

Excellent Advice!

@Curtis Richardson: After years of developing and working with teams, I believe your advice is the b... Sign up

 
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Nestor Jimenez
ICT Consultant, Colombia
 

Micromanage the Team That's Stuck

In the beginning, try micromanagement with small milestones; then gradually increase the size of the... Sign up

 
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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

How to Find the Cause of the Team Being Stuck

I agree with @Norman Dragt that "Unsticking" will depend upon the team's nature as well as WHY & HOW... Sign up

 
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Philippe Guenet
Coach, United Kingdom
 

How is the Team 'stuck'?

Indeed: What exactly is being "stuck"? Stuck on what? The nature of the way forward is very differen... Sign up

 
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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Unhealthy Team Dynamics

The team could also be stuck in certain pathological group dynamics (dysfunctional group behavior) t... Sign up

 
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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Possibly the Boredom of Stuck-Think

Re-reading these postings, it occurs to me that another aspect of "stuck" might be in the sense of G... Sign up

 

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More on Stages of Team Development:
Summary
Discussion Topics
topic How to Create Team Spirit?
topic Factors for Assembling Project Teams
👀How to Deal with a Team that is Stuck?
topic Social Facilitation
topic Remote/Hybrid Work and Team Development
topic 7 Reasons Why Teams don't Work
🔥 Is Tuckman's Team Formation Model Still Valid, Useful or Outdated?
topic The 8 Myths About Teams
topic Diverse Team Building
topic How to Develop an Existing, Inherited Team (Watkins)
topic Dreyfus & Dreyfus Model of Skills Acquisition
topic Team Management Problem: BOOT Model
topic Team Building - How to Deal with Those Who Don't Want to Join
topic Team Development Stages are Culturally Bound
topic Teamwork Models and Theory
topic What Makes Sport Teams Different from Organizational Teams?
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