- Issues to be addressed
In seeking to address change as a team, several issues could need management and leadership’s attention. Some of those issues that needs to be addressed in a team include
- Communication among the team members.
- Personal drive and initiative by each of the team members.
- Integrity and ethics by every professional and team members
- Trust building between the team and other people.
- Fear of conflict with change between and among the team members
- Commitment by the team members and the others
- Responsibility by each team member
- Attention to results in order for each team member to understand how they should respond to changes. (Katzenbach & Smith, 1993)
- Strategies to address the issues
In a bid to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, a team can apply the following strategies and practices in order to address the issues mentioned in section 1 above.
- An effort by the team members to work together with a consensus on the issues while developing feedback and information sharing.
- Signs of resistance to change
Change is often faced by resistance which can be identified through observation of several signs in a team. Among such signs include
- Trouble in reaching at consensus.
- Poor communication between the members and others.
- Pursuit of unclear goals.
- Lack of participation by all or by some members. (Pitsakis, Marina & Kuin, 2012)
- Lack of progress.
- Lack of leadership in a team
- Unhealthy conflicts which hamper the team’s operations.
- Lack of commitment.
- Poor attention to results (Katzenbach & Smith, 1993)
- Potential problems and recommended solution
In respect to the issues that require attention as well as the signs of resistance to change, there are potential problems that could face a team’s operations and change management. Such problems and their solutions could include:
- Lack of resources: This can be addressed by having organizational preparedness in order to provide necessary resources that may be needed with change.
- Lack of understanding and cooperation: This can be addressed through employee education trying to sensitize them on the need to work towards a common goal as well as providing them with suitable skills.
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