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Why You Need to Stop Talking to Start Leading

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET.  This is excerpted from my recent interview with Rebecca Teasdale.  She is a founding partner of The Trispective Group.  She has expertise in executive coaching, team development, human capital strategy, talent management and human performance consulting.  For more information: SmallBizLady:  WHAT’S THE CURRENT “TEMPERATURE” ON WORKING ON A TEAM? Rebecca Teasdale:  In the world of business it’s safe to say all work is done in teams. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you most of the teams they’ve been on are average or mediocre, or good but not great. And sadly, many can tell you in dreaded detail about the toxic teams they’ve been on where gossip, sabotage, and finger-pointing were the norm. SmallBizLady:  What are some tell-tale signs you are on a dysfunctional team? Rebecca Teasdale:  Here are the telltale signs the team you’re leading is a dysfunctional (or what we call Saboteur) team: Members of the team are constantly complaining about each other Team members spend as much time watching their back as doing the work People make plays behind the scenes, undermining and sabotaging one another Suspicion and mistrust pervade every interaction; it seems like there are a lot of personal agendas People avoid working together and seem to dread team meetings Teammates would be perfectly happy to see others on the team fail; they criticize and point out the faults and failures of fellow team members SmallBizLady:  What happens if a Saboteur Team gets out of control? Rebecca Teasdale: Morale suffers and good people quit Strong candidates don’t join the team because of its bad reputation Critical problems don’t get addressed because no one feels safe bringing up the tough issues Decisions are made covertly or seem highly political There’s little to no risk-taking or innovation SmallBizLady:  What should you do if you lead a Saboteur Team? Rebecca Teasdale:  If you lead a Saboteur Team, it’s up to you to turn it around. The good news is, improving your…

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