Most of these, we covered today on the 1st day of my Lead Better course that is taking place in Oslo, with live simulations. The purpose was to see how a team lead deals with these anti patterns when going through team chaos. How the team lead might act to these behaviors when the team is in learning mode, is very different than how I’d expect them to react when in chaos, as was simulated today.
Team Member Behavior Anti Patterns
- Extremely shy and afraid to say when he is done with a task. can be idle and helpless if you don’t notice.
- Lead needs to give ‘simple rules’ to that member so they know exactly what to do in a situation when they are idle. for example “if you see that you’re not doing anything, contact me immediately. We can’t afford to have anyone not working right now”
- If it persists, the lead can also offer a more assertive statement such as “If you want to continue to be part of this team, you’ll have to chip into the effort. I know this is hard for you, but I expect you to rise to the challenge and contact me if you don’t have anything else to do”
- Lazy, who only does the simplest thing, so he can say he did what he was told
- Lead can be direct and demand more from that person, or alternatively remove them from the team until they can spend more time understanding why this is happening.
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