I know, this must come a s a surprise, but there are team members that are less than enthusiastic about being on your project. This puts the success of your team at risk! After all, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” (Henry Ford) . Let’s get all your team members to start performing well for the success of the project.
- Why??? Assess the member’s strength and weaknesses, and correlate this to the goals and the mission of the entire project. Maybe she is feeling misallocated. If she has been handpicked for the project, then she must have the right set of skills and knowledge to be useful for the project. Find out if this is the case by asking her directly and figure out how she can maximize her strengths by assigning him to a particular part of the project that might need her expertise more.
- Is there something else going on? Work and personal priorities are on different levels but there are times when a serious problem concerning one’s health or family can have serious effects on one’s performance in work. If a member is indeed in the middle of a personal crisis then what you can do is to offer the most help that you can do and hope that whatever the problem is, it will be resolved quickly for the sake of the project.
- Don’t over-think it. Some people just feeling lazy or unmotivated. This is common in project teams that run for a long time and are composed of a lot of people. If this might be the reason, take measures! Laziness can be cured by the necessity to work fast and effectively. Deadline can be adjusted to keep the members well on their feet. Give incentives and re-engage your team – providing motivation for all of your team members.
Make your team cohesive and strong by finding out why certain team members are not up to par. There might even be rare situations where none of them works and you have to employ a non-conventional solution to provide some form of resolve. The key is communicating with your team as individuals, with their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. Do not let things fester and drag, it will just bring more team members down.