Be it in Sports, Business or any other team environment, under performance is a common hurdle. But how should you handle it and what are some common mistakes?
The first thing to remember is that, if you keep doing the same actions, you're likely to get the same results. It's not good enough to demand that everyone works harder. To work harder, doing the wrong thing, will not improve your performance.
Everyone needs to understand that team has interdependence at its core. This means that all individuals will need to perform well to enable the team to succeed. Often when things aren't going well, group mentality can be to try to identify who is underperforming most. This gives the comfort of removing oneself from analysis. Watching programmes like "The Takeover" we hear employees identify their boss or a co-worker. In sports we hear about managers & coaches losing the dressing room. By identifying one person it allows the other individuals escape analysis, therefore as the majority will be happy, a consensus is easy to come by.
The key to improving performance is to encourage all individual team members to engage in honest self-critic. All concerned need to accept personal responsibility and to commit to a positive outlook. Team analysis of the current under performance will help identify and agree the issues. This creates ownership. Identified individual areas for self improvement, alongside regular review and adjustment, should yield a return to performance.