4 Reasons Great Teams Fail [A List to Avoid At All Costs]

2313-inc-best-brightest2313 Inc. is proud to be an award winning team. (If you haven’t heard our exciting news, we were recently named as a ‘Best and Brightest’ company to work for — for the 4th year in a row!). We’re made up of motivated, hardworking, talented individuals who have proven over and over again that they have what it takes to excel in our industry.

27067197_1340738062699256_5989851697761794129_nBut even the greatest of teams can fail when bad habits start to creep in. Winning requires a daily effort to keep your edges sharp. It also means actively avoiding some of the behaviors and characteristics of losing teams.

The 2313 Inc. team put our heads together and we came up with 4 mentalities to avoid — whether you’re a leader or member of a team.

1) Losing teams don’t take responsibility.

When a strong team loses, they know to learn from the experience so that they will do better in the future. When a weak team loses, they are quick to blame others and make excuses for their failure, never giving themselves the opportunity to assess the damage and figure out how to succeed the next time.

2) Losing teams don’t communicate effectively.

One of the biggest problems that losing teams seem to have in common is poor communication. Whether you’re a sports team or a sales team, constant and thorough communication is absolutely vital if you want to win. If the players on a team don’t know the plan, they’re more likely to trip over each other and make mistakes, which ultimately slows down progress and keeps them from scoring.

3) Losing teams aren’t willing to learn.

If you want to grow as a leader or professional, you have to always be willing to learn. The same goes for teams. When a team thinks that they know everything is when they are most likely to fail. In order to keep up with the competition, a team has to be committed to always becoming more knowledgeable.

4) Losing teams are selfish.

If your team wants people to support and help them, you have to be willing to support and help others first. Losing teams are so focused on their own success that they will often seek it to the detriment of others.

For more advice from 2313 Inc. on leadership, check out the other posts on our blog.


Think Like a Manager To Help Grow Your Career

2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills) is committed to helping entry-level business professionals find success in all they do, and thinking like a manager is an essential part of that. 

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Learning to think and work like a manager gives you the perspective you need to earn professional recognition and reach your goals.

Great managers aren’t just born overnight. Sure, some people naturally possess some of the skills necessary to excel at management, but most great managers are great because they have years of experience and learning on their side. 

What can you do to prepare yourself for a management position? Learn and practice the necessary skills – no matter where you are in your career. Peter Drucker, a well-known management consultant and educator, is considered the father of management studies. He broke the manager’s duties down into five basic tasks:

1.    Sets Objectives

2.    Organizes

3.    Motivates and Communicates

4.    Measures

5.    Develops People 

Encourage employees and sales associates to develop their understanding of business and management practices. Drucker’s management tasks inspired the following tips that will teach you to think and work as a manager, no matter where you are in your career.

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Keep Developing Management Skills

There’s always something new to learn about management and business. Keep your skills sharp by reading new management books or even finding online classes to improve your management skills. Then, create a study group at work to support and apply what you learn to real-world problems. You know the old saying: practice makes perfect!

Connect With Your Team

Tell your team members, team leader, and supervisor that you want to contribute to your team’s growth. Come up with a pitch for a team-building activity, a volunteer project, or a social event that will improve team cohesion and productivity. One of our traditions at 2313 Inc. is to get together after work every Thursday — it’s an idea worth trying!

Find a Mentor

Some companies have formal mentorship programs, though that’s not completely necessary in order to find a mentor. Your supervisor might be interested in mentoring you, or you can look for a mentor at a networking event. Mentorship will improve your management expertise and develop strong professional relationships, which you can use as resources once you become a manager.

Don’t Keep Your Career Goals a Secret

How will you advance in your career if you don’t tell anyone about your goals? Let your supervisor know that you’re interested in becoming a manager. Complete your regular assignments and volunteer for special projects when you have the time to do them well to show that you’re willing to go above and beyond.

Becoming a manager will help you to advance in your career and develop the skills you need as a leader. Make a commitment to your future by using these strategies to increase your skills and your opportunities for advancement.

If you’re interested in management training, check out 2313 Inc. jobs on our Careerbuilder page.

How to Avoid Burnout at Work

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Just like a light bulb human beings are susceptible to burnout. It happens for a variety of reasons, but most often there’s a very simple reason. You forgot to take care of yourself. Burnout starts simply—so simply you may not notice it.

One morning you decide you don’t have time for breakfast so you substitute a healthy meal and a moment of reflection with a donut and a sugary coffee drink on your commute.

At home you have chores to do and family and friends who require your time and attention. In order to complete all of your tasks you decide to stay up late to finish a project. You cut back on your sleep. You may choose to wake up early to get a head start on the day.

Over time you will begin to build up a sleep deficit and that will have a negative impact on your ability to concentrate. Your productivity at work will suffer. The quality of your relationships with your colleagues, family, and friends will also lose their rewarding quality, and eventually become an exhausting chore. Burnout can lead to physical exhaustion and illness if you don’t pay attention to the demands on your time.

It’s not uncommon for people who are motivated to engage each opportunity they encounter with their full attention and energy to stumble into burnout. However, there’s a problem with this behavior. You can’t engage fully in your success if you’re energy has been depleted over time and you don’t the time to recharge your batteries.

The solution to burnout is simple. Pay attention to your behavior at work and at home. Here are some things to remember so you won’t get caught up in burnout:

  • Don’t overpromise. Only agree to do what you can do with the time and resources you have. This doesn’t mean you stretch in order to learn. Stretch thoughtfully.
  • Don’t create unreasonable goals at work and in your personal life. Remember to use your common sense. If it doesn’t feel right then reconsider your process. Do you create unreasonable goals for yourself at work and in your personal life?
  • Use problem-solving skills to break down large goals into more reasonable, smaller goals. Take one step at a time and you will reach your goal.
  • Schedule personal time so that you can relax and retain your good health and positive outlook.
  • Forgive yourself for making mistakes. Don’t keep it a secret. Let people know what happened. Fix it. Let it go.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Help someone when they ask you for help. Remember, success is a team effort.

Team Building is Crucial to Workplace Success


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At work we’re responsible for a clear set of tasks that we must complete each day. But we’re not only professionals. We’re also human beings. Getting to know the person who sits next to you, your supervisor, and team members in other departments delivers the insights you need to see them as real people. At 2313 Inc, team building provides pathways to understanding that will improve your professional interactions.

Build Better Communication

Team building breaks down walls and creates an opportunity for discussion and communication between workers from all levels of the company. Employees can speak more comfortably with management when they’re trying to solve a problem together. These relationships will continue to grow when you’re back in the office. Communication networks created during team building events grow stronger every time their used when you’re back at work.

Speaking Out

You don’t often have a chance to share you ideas about strategy or process during your workday. A team-building environment provides employees with a chance to speak up when they have an idea that will help their team. Each employee is empowered to model leadership behavior while developing confidence in his or her ideas and skills. It motivates them to go after new challenges when they get back to work.

Get Creative

Solutions to problems often require that a team learn to think differently. Team building activities place employees in situations outside of their daily routines. Forced to problem-solve in a new way these situations generate new and creative methods for finding solutions, which can be brought back to office and put into practice there. Everyone at 2313 Inc doesn’t mind getting creative!

Your Best Gets Better

When working in a team each member experiences a form of peer pressure. It’s not a bad thing if it’s experienced in a supportive environment. Peer pressure is a useful tool since it reminds you that you’re not working alone and that other people are counting on you. Use it to find the motivation required when you or members of your team are facing a difficult assignment. It will make your best efforts even better.

Improve Morale

There is no way around it. Some parts of each workday are simply filled with hard work. It can begin to feel like a grind. You’re experience of a bad day is improved when you understand that you have a team member who is going experiencing the same thing. It makes the work easier to do when you know that you’re not alone. And when your team finally reaches the goal you will be able to celebrate your achievement with together and share the motivation required for continued success.

4 Tips for Running Your Business’ Instagram


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When managing your business’ social media presence, Instagram is probably not the first name to jump out at you. However, just because Instagram isn’t in the “big 4” of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. In fact, Instagram is a great platform to promote a wide variety of content. Here’s how you can make the most of your company’s Instagram presence:

Understand your audience

What are the demographics of the people you are trying to reach? Will they be on Instagram? You need to learn who your audience will be so that you can cater your content towards their desires. It can’t be overstated how important audience awareness is.

Avoid over posting!

This follows the same rule as other social media sites: understand the rules of Instagram to figure out how often one should post content, and don’t attempt to exceed the recommended number. One of the worst things that can happen to your business in regards to social media is sinking a lot of time and money into maintaining a page that your customers and follower don’t even like.

Promote your Instagram account on other social media channels

Just as you would with other social media platforms, promote your Instagram account across other channels and on your main website. Your Instagram will need to be nurtured and won’t grow incredibly popular by itself. Let your more established social media accounts help—you may end up gaining followers that you have already acquired on other channels.

Don’t be afraid to borrow tactics

Obviously, you shouldn’t steal anyone’s content, but you should also be willing to observe which tactics have been successful for others and put your own version out into the world. There is no shame in adapting to successful tactics. Just make sure you are making a move that makes sense for your brand and builds customer loyalty—not something that will only provide a few extra favorites and have no lasting effect.

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5 Fun and Creative Team Bonding Ideas


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Team building doesn’t have to be something that employees dread or feel is “cheesy.” It’s important that employees learn to work well together, get to know one another, and feel they can count on each other. Try incorporating some of these activities into the workplace to help your team bond.

Lunch Discussions

Pick a day when everyone is free at lunch (no reports or meetings) and have a lunch discussions. Provide all employees who are participating with food from a local restaurant, and get everyone together in a room to chat. If your employees really don’t know each other, discussion topics or questions can be provided as well.

Work Book Clubs

Holding a work book club is a fun way for people to bond outside of the office. Ideally, the company would provide the book and a space for employees to meet once a month during lunch to discuss. Employees can take turns leading discussions every month.

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Sponsor Company Sports Leagues

Providing company sponsorship for sports teams or challenges for charities like 5Ks or fun runs are a great way for employees to bond and stay healthy.

Lunch and Learns

Lunch and Learn activities are when an outside speaker or an employee with an interest or particular knowledge meets with a group of employees to share information and their experience with it. These Lunch and Learns can be work related or about a particular hobby, and speakers are asked to make the session interactive to encourage team building.

Two Truths and a Lie

This is a simple icebreaker that doesn’t require a lot of time. Instead of making employees spend a whole day getting to know each other, set aside 30 minuets to play this game during an orientation or a happy hour event. Employees will have fun coming up with their two truths and a lie, and will also learn more about others.