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62 Examples of a Team Weakness

A team weakness is a dysfunction or shortfall of a team. This can be related to leadership, culture, processes, training, environments and politics. It is common to identify team weaknesses as part of a swot analysis or similar exercise. The following are illustrative examples of a team weakness.
Corporate narcissism
Counterproductive secrecy
Disconnection from reality - not meeting customers, competitors and other industry insiders
Disengaged team members
Empty promises - words without action
Excessive structure - narrow roles / lack of flexibility
Facility shortfall / physical environment
Failure fatigue - repeated failures that have lowered morale
Failure to align to the goals of an organization (e.g. bringing politics to work)
Failure to challenge assumptions
Favoritism - recognition, promotions and assignments based on friendship over talent
Fear of criticism / cowardly communication
Handling ambiguity - requiring too much direction
Handling criticism
Hands-off - avoidance of details / practical work
Harsh Feedback - feedback intended to embarrass others or discredit them
Hesitation to share ideas
Inconsistent direction / leadership
Inflexible - assuming things must be a certain way
Lack of Candor - holding back on critical feedback
Lack of accountability - not my mistake
Lack of comradery / shared experience
Lack of entrepreneurial spirit
Lack of initiative - waiting around for instructions
Lack of ownership - not my problem
Lack of respect for time - leisurely pace to meetings / work
Lack of standards / process
Lack of urgency - allowing minor issues to derail progress
Long-term focus - always talking about 5 years later with few results now
Low cooperation
Low morale
Managing the expectations of stakeholders
Mediocrity -- fear of conflict / avoidance of action items
Meeting commitments to each other
Meeting commitments to stakeholders
Neglect of problems - not solving obvious problems
One-upmanship - trying to look better than others as opposed to adopting a cooperative team spirit
Overcommunication -- too many meetings / emails
Overdependence on a few key people
Overly democratic decisions without strong leadership direction to provide a sanity check
Overly political
Poor working conditions
Promoting value of team to organization
Red tape
Relationships with stakeholders
Resistance to change
Respect - negative politics / impoliteness
Risk avoidance / lack of calculated risk taking
Sense of purpose - what we are doing matters
Setting expectations
Short-term focus - addressing problems today in ways that hurt the future
Skills shortfall / training needs
Unclear goals
Unclear structure - who does the what?
Underplanning / reactive mode
Unmanaged risk
Unrealistic expectations - require constant feedback / praise / recognition
Work ethic
Work-life balance issues

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