2 responses to “How to Fail When Taking Over a New Team”

  1. An error I’ve made when leading a team is failing to recognize the differences among team members—some of whom may come from different departments and who most certainly possess a range of skills and varying levels of experience. In my job in automotive manufacturing, the form of communication used is of utmost significance, since each department has its own “language,” so to speak, made up of department-specific abbreviations or epithets. In this environment communication is vital–it must be clear, concise, logical, and comprehensible–and as a team leader I cannot rely solely on my own department’s “language” to the exclusion of everyone else’s.

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