What Happens When Your Talented Team Lacks Direction?

Do you feel as though you have a really talented team but that not everyone is aligned on the direction you’re going? In this episode, Shannon Waller describes how a lack of leadership can be undoing your team’s potential. By the end, you’ll learn practical strategies to ensure that everyone is on the same page, working toward a common goal.

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Show Notes:

Unique Ability® without a clear goal or purpose:

  • Unique Ability® Teamwork thrives when each team member is focused on what they love to do best.
  • However, without a clear goal, intention, or purpose, the strengths and talents of team members can go astray, or worse, sabotage the work of the overall business.
  • This can lead to individuals pursuing their own interests rather than working toward a common goal.
  • Over time, team members accustomed to a lack of direction may develop an entitlement attitude and resistance to being pulled back in.

Impact On Team Performance:

  • Without clear leadership and direction, Unique Ability Teamwork may result in individuals contributing their intellect but not their full commitment or passion.
  • Projects may suffer from delays, lack of creativity, and a lack of coordination among team members, akin to a rowing team rowing out of sync.


  • Shannon suggests a proactive approach. Leaders should:
    1. Double-check their own clarity on goals and intentions.
    2. Communicate these clearly to the team.
    3. Ensure alignment through open conversations.
  • Using tools like The Impact Filter can help articulate purpose, importance, ideal outcomes, and success criteria, fostering a shared understanding and commitment among team members.
  • The collaborative approach opens projects up to the collective intelligence, as different team members bring diverse insights and considerations to the table.


The Team Success Handbook by Shannon Waller



Radical Candor

Unique Ability Teamwork

Wanting What You Want by Dan Sullivan

The Impact Filter