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If you currently have a problem to solve, you may be intrigued by the headline of this post…

Because you know it cannot be that simple…

Surely, there is no easy fix to a difficult problem. Otherwise, you would have found it.

Instead, you have been spinning your wheels for days now, without finding resolution. And the problem remains in the back of your mind, when not at the forefront. It distracts you. It causes you to stress. It makes you unhappy.

Then you might think… Could there really be an easy path?

Well, that’s not exactly what I’m suggesting…

But I know it really helps to put a problem into perspective.

Start with these 3 simple questions:

  1. How would you describe your level of energy, right now: is it low or high?
  2. How critical is the problem to you?
  3. If you don’t do anything, what is the likelihood that the problem will disappear on its own?

To any problem—and I really mean any—there are only 3 possible options you can consider.

And based on your answers to the questions above, well, you are most likely left with only one option.

Here there are.

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Are you regularly disappointed with your team’s results?

You may be convinced that you have assembled the right brains and expertise, yet the outcomes often fail to meet your expectations.

The organizational objectives are not achieved, which is bad enough. But now you are starting to feel stressed out as you wonder how your team’s performance will reflect on your credibility as a leader.

So you roll up your sleeves, determined to fix the problem. You review your routines with the members of your team, you take deeper dives into their activities hoping to make a difference. And you start to feel overwhelmed. Why is it so complicated to just get the job done?

Your team’s results need to improve dramatically. There’s no if’s and but’s about it. Because you just can’t do it alone.

In today’s world, strategic objectives are not attainable by unique individuals. No matter the expertise and experience you hold, there’s no way you can reach top performance on your own. Our organizations are just too complex. Knowing everything about everything is just impossible.

So leaders group talented people in teams, hoping for the best. Yet, research demonstrates that just about 12% of teams around the world evaluate themselves as highly performing as a team.

So you are not alone in your struggles, but that’s hardly helpful.

What’s the problem? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

Well, first, let’s understand the source of the problem. As a matter of fact, it is quite simple.

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How often do you put your heart and soul in your work only to realize that your team, as a whole, is not up to the challenge?

You’re confused. You’ve got the brains and expertise you need and everyone is focused on the goal. But somehow, the results are still disappointing.

So you organize more meetings, you dive into more details, hoping to solve the issue. But at the end of the day, all your efforts are barely moving the dial.

You feel the pressure building up. And you wake up in the middle of the night worried that this situation will impact your credibility in the organization.

Does this sound familiar? Well, you are not alone.

Are you aware that your team is not the exception? In fact, research indicates that as few as 10% of the thousands of teams surveyed around the world perceive themselves as highly performing. Surprising isn’t?

There are teams where people are friendly, and have fun together. However, they miss their goals as a team on a regular basis. Others follow rigorous processes, use excellent tools, yet people are overworked, feel isolated and suspicious. Again, team performance does not deliver the expected results.

Somehow, something is lacking.

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