5 Reasons Your Team Keeps Dropping the Ball, and How to Address Them

John Boitnott
4 min readMar 23, 2023

Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan are some of the greatest professional athletes the world has ever known, but even these legends occasionally dropped the ball (as it were). It’s only natural, then, that your team members will occasionally do the same.

Even the best employees will occasionally miss out on an opportunity to deliver, but, of course, it’s especially concerning for management when they keep dropping the ball and impact organizational growth in the process.

If your team has been falling short of expectations with increasing frequency, take a closer look at why. Once you’ve identified this “why,” you can begin building resiliency in your business and increasing its catch rate — by using a few proven tactics.

Common causes of missed opportunities

When someone makes an error, the easy approach is to blame that person. However, if you dig a little deeper, you may find that other factors were at play. You might discover, for example, that broader policies and procedures were hindering the entire team’s productivity, such as:

1. Poor communication

Communication is the foundation of business growth. Without open lines, projects and goals…