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The Philippines

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Common Team Challenges

Common Team Challenges

Below is a run-down of some common challenges that impact different types of workplace teams, and how we at TeamBuilders address those challenges through our teambuilding and/or training programs. Whether you're in a new, cross-functional, virtual, leadership, sales, cross-cultural, merger, acquisition or cross-departmental team, we have solutions for you.

New Teams

The on-boarding of new teams undergoes the processes of forming, storming, norming and
performing. The key challenges that new teams face would include role conflicts, unclear team goals, lack of communication and lack of team structure and definition.

Our programs take direct aim at the challenges by helping the participants practice the art of trust, support, clear communication, goal achievement and getting to know each other better. They will also clarify their team’s structure and protocols using tactical communication in a fun environment.

Cross-functional Teams

Cross-functional teams are teams that consist of people from various departments and skill sets
within the company, coming together to share information and ideas, manage projects and solve a variety of problems. These teams may face obstacles during the early stages of development due to the differences in expertise and outlook, diversity issues and lack of communication.

Our programs improve communication and increase productivity within cross functional teams.
Participants practice improving task process flows, conflict management, communication and leveraging each other’s strengths, personalities and areas of functional expertise.

Virtual Teams

In virtual teams, all employees are geographically distributed throughout the world and they
interact via communication structures such as discussion boards, emails and videoconferencing. Challenges that may arise from this type of team formation would include lack of communication, misunderstandings, lack of coordination, indistinct group roles and responsibilities.

With our programs, participants will be able to build trust in a dispersed team, avoid cultural
misunderstandings and miscommunications and practice communicating critical information clearly across distances. They also learn how to work effectively with company headquarters, manage remotely and avoid the classic obstacles that impact virtual teams.

Leadership Teams

Senior Management or C-level teams are the people who are responsible for the leadership strategy
and the priorities of the organization. Leadership teams often experience an absence of trust, a lack of commitment, a fear of confronting conflicts, avoidance of accountability or an inattention to results. In addition, there is sometimes a lack of downward communication between leaders and subordinates.

Through our programs, participants will be able to practice trusting and supporting team members,
engaging in open, unfiltered discussions, building team commitment, tracking each others’ performance and transformational leadership.

Sales Teams

Sales teams are vital to a company, and a lack of motivation is one of the primary obstacles that
these teams face. This lack of motivation may lead to a reduction in the sales of the company’s products and services. Additional challenges faced by the sales teams would be aggressive competition among team members, avoidance of collaboration, lack of time management and self discipline poor communication skills towards both colleagues’ and customers.

At the end of our programs for sales teams, participants will be more motivated, focused on sales
targets and goal oriented. Most importantly, they will also be more open to collaboration, ideas exchange and teamwork for the greater good of the company. They will also leave as stronger communicators with a deeper understanding of their leaders and colleagues.

Cross-Cultural Teams

The challenge of integrating people from different cultural backgrounds in a team has become a
key concern for organizations. Difference in behaviors, world views, custom, norms, languages, faiths and traditions are always the main challenges affecting cross-cultural team performance. For example, misinterpretations of people’s behavior and lack of cultural awareness are likely to create tensions and conflicts between team members.

To increase teamwork for cross-cultural teams requires careful awareness of behavioral differences,
identifying potential areas of cultural conflict ahead of time and most importantly developing shared understanding and commitment to overall team goals. At TeamBuilders International, we create situations where participants can foster mutual respect, reduce culture-based misunderstandings, establish strategies for dealing with future conflicts, build common purpose and get to understand each other better despite cultural differences.


A merger can be defined as a union of two or more independent corporations under a single
ownership. Throughout and after the process of merging, employees will feel uncertainty and insecurities with regards to their job responsibilities and environmental changes. Hence, this may affect employees’ productivity. In addition, organizations must be careful of the differences between both companies when developing new corporate cultures based on the merger.

To overcome these challenges, TeamBuilders helps merged organizations break communication
barriers between employees, enhance team coordination, and understand role allocations for each employee. In addition, we help leaders to focus on tangible, measurable results for the newly-merged organizations.


Acquisitions occur when one company buys over a target company, assuming control of that
company. During and after the acquisition process, the employees from the target company may feel threatened and they may feel hostile towards the employees of the acquiring company.

After our program, the participants will be more team coordinated, open to collaboration and feel
better about communicating with each other. In addition to that, participant will also be able to learn to work better as a team, instead of working against each other.

Cross-departmental Teams

A company’s employees naturally tend to take on the identity of the department they are working
in, which often results in silo operations, ignoring the responsibilities and people outside of their department. This tends to result in low productivity and mutual respect. Instead of thinking themselves as a particular department employee, they need to consider all departments as a team.

At TeamBuilders, we create interdepartmental situations where each participant can interact with
and understand with different colleagues from different departments and working environments. We provide opportunities for participants to share ideas, practice communication skills, fine-tune their interpersonal skills, solve problems together and strategize action plans. Breaking through silo operations helps employees appreciate the unique functions and interdependence of all departments.