The Punishing Pain of Mediocrity

It is not hard to detect when a team, or an organization, goes sideways. There are usually plenty of warning signals and symptoms. The only real surprise is how easy it seems for some leaders to ignore them. Symptoms include – cliques, sub groups or coalitions of mixed loyalty begin to form and work at cross-purposes; side deals are negotiated outside of the full team; directives from the top go unanswered or are regularly second-guessed; lack of candour causes the really important and meaningful conversations to go underground; lack of self-regulating, self-aligning team discipline results in missed deadlines and conflicting priorities become common and, sometimes, outright sabotage can occur.