Why so many workshops fail

Four red flags of ineffective teams

We’ve all been in a workshop, working session, or even meeting that was a waste of time. One of the most common pitfalls I see in workshops that “don’t work” is that they don’t end with a *commitment*.

Without a clear commitment or decision, no action can be taken. Each person comes away with their own interpretation of what they should do, which is likely to be different than their teammates’ interpretations. As a result, nothing changes. Everyone just goes back to what they were doing before, working on whatever they think is important, instead of what is most important for the team.

How does a group of people come to make a commitment? It’s a 2-step process:

1️⃣ Everyone in the group needs a chance to express their ideas, opinions, and arguments. The reason for this is twofold: for one, a decision will be more effective if it’s based on a wide range of perspectives. But beyond that, people will not buy into (and therefore not be motivated to take action on) a decision that someone else made without their input.

2️⃣ Once everyone has had a chance to express their opinion, the leader of the group needs to make a decision and commit to it. This is the crucial step that is often missing. But without a designated decision maker, the group will fall right back into the scenario above: everyone makes their own decision based on what they want. If done right, the group will still buy into the decision even if there isn’t complete consensus, because their feedback was heard and taken into consideration.

A broken decision making chain is just one of the four red flags of ineffective teams. Download my free guide to learn about the others 👇🏼

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