How do you avoid tumbleweed moments?
You are in the team meeting and have just announced that you have a new piece of work to allocate. “Who wants to take it?” You get the usual response you have come to dread. Various pairs of eyes around the table look up to the ceiling, or down to their shoes, people start fidgeting or playing with blackberries, they might gaze hard at someone else who they believe “should” take on the task…Tumbleweed starts to roll through the office, little tornadoes of dust swirl by and you swear you can hear the distant strains of the theme music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly……
Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but this kind of scenario is often described during my coaching and training programmes and there are many different ways of addressing it. I would love to hear your thoughts on how you make decisions and communicate with team members around the sometimes thorny subject of work assignment.
- Have you experienced this situation?
- Should it be a democratic decision?
- How about the team leader just deciding based on their knowledge of everyone’s workload?
- How do you deal with those tumbleweed moments?