Gary Collins, in his excellent book Christian Coaching, list seven possible reasons individuals and organizations can become stuck. Here they are with a brief explanation:
Overwhelmed. This can include feeling overworked, over scrutinized, or with too little time, energy or people resources to get everything done. The results are often procrastination or uncertainty about where to begin.
Exhausted. This is self explanatory, but can result in the loss of vision, purpose and enthusiasm. A sense of team can fade. Patience can be in short supply. Conflict becomes more prevalent.
Directionless. Everyone is busy and working hard, but there is no overall vision or big picture of the future. The team has no common goals, so work is done independently and progress is limited.
Hopeless. This often happens when there is no sense of achievement or tangible results. Motivation to keep going wanes.
Surrounded by Conflict. It is hard to keeping making progress when there are significant disagreements, communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, or gossip. Dysfunction reigns.
Worthless. This takes place when team members feel unappreciated, overlooked, unrewarded, or unacknowledged. This too will stall progress and motivation.
Alone. This is the feeling of isolation. Each individual is working independently with no sense of belonging, team identity, team spirit, or camaraderie. Often the environment lacks a visionary leader to unite the team around a common purpose.
Team or individual coaching may be the answer for getting unstuck from any or all of these circumstances. What are your thoughts and how have you confronted being stuck?
(Adapted from Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential Into Reality, Gary R. Collins, Nav Press, Colorado Springs, 2009)