Challenges in teams: consequences and solutions

We are all aware that being part of a team and cooperating with others is an incredibly significant aspect of our professional lives. Well-functioning teams are also a cornerstone for achieving good results in your organization. However, it is unfortunately not always so simple when individuals with different personalities, communication styles, perspectives, experiences, and priorities have to work together. In the text below, we will take a closer look at some of the challenges that often arise in teams, as well as the solutions and tools that can unlock the team's full potential.



Common challenges within teams:

Communication and Collaboration – Lack of understanding of differences in the team:

One of the biggest challenges in teamwork is lack of understanding of differences in communication styles and work methods. People have different ways of receiving and giving information, which can lead to misunderstandings and irritation within the team.

How it arises: This problem can occur when team members are not aware of or do not understand the various communication styles within the group. This can create a gap between the team-members and reduce the efficiency of the team's work.

Potential Consequences: Misunderstandings, decreased productivity, and possible creation of subgroups working in isolation. This can also lead to feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction among team members.

How to solve this: By analyzing individual communication preferences, The Predictive Index's tool provides insights to increase awareness within the team. It creates a platform for open discussion about different work styles and helps establish a culture that promotes effective communication and collaboration. One way to build this understanding and to help each person contribute to the group, is to use Team Discovery and conduct a team workshop focusing on creating awareness and understanding.


Conflict Management – Mismatch in work styles:

Conflicts are inevitable in teams, but they can be exacerbated when there is a mismatch in individual work styles and preferences. Differences in approaches can create tensions that, if not handled correctly, can hinder the team's progress.

How it arises: This problem can occur when the team lacks insights into each other's work patterns and how these may conflict. Unawareness of these differences can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, and, in the worst case, prolonged conflicts.

Potential Consequences: Reduced morale, lowered productivity, and a general sense of discomfort within the group. If conflicts escalate, it may even lead to high turnover and a deteriorating work climate.

How to solve this: By understanding individual behavior patterns and conflict resolution strategies, The Predictive Index's tool empowers the team to prevent conflicts by creating a tailored strategy for handling and resolving disagreements constructively. Focusing on and discussing what team members perceive as conflicts and their preferences for resolving them is a good starting point. This can be done in a workshop, with a specific focus on conflicts.


Goal-Oriented Leadership and Prioritization – Lack of consensus on goals:

For teams to be effective, they must have clear and shared goals. The challenge lies in creating consensus and engagement around these goals so that each member feels motivated to contribute to the team's success.

How it arises: Lack of clarity regarding goals and priorities can lead to confusion about the team's overall purpose. If each member does not feel connected to these goals, it can create division and decreased motivation.

Potential Consequences: Decreased motivation, ambiguity in tasks, and reduced overall productivity. The team may also struggle to maintain focus and direction.

How to solve this: By collectively discussing the team's priorities, what they mean for the team, and for each individual, clarity about where the team is heading can be established. It helps the team understand why certain goals may be more motivating for certain members and how to create an overarching vision that engages the entire group. Working with  Team Discovery's Strategy Type during a team workshop is a good tool to address this.



Effectively navigating team challenges requires not only identifying the problems, but also having tools to manage and overcome them. The Predictive Index's scientifically validated methodology provides in-depth insights into individual work styles, giving the team the tools needed to create a harmonious and productive work environment. By actively working with these insights, teams can overcome obstacles and thrive in their collective pursuit of success.

If you want to know how to actively work with your teams and the challenges you face, feel free to reach out to us, and we will be happy to help you!