5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Earlier this year, I read 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The business fable highlights 5 dysfunctions of common teams and then shares how cohesive teams behave. I want to share these this week so you can recognize where the teams in your life stand and how you can push your teams to the next level. When I look back at good and bad teams I have been on, these dysfunctions and cohesive behaviors existed and contributed to our overall performance.

5 Dysfunctions of a Team:

  1. Absence of trust among team members. This typically comes from a lack of vulnerability.
  2. Fear of conflict. Lack of trust creates dysfunction.
  3. Lack of commitment. Team members won’t buy in to the bigger goals of the team.
  4. Avoidance of accountability. You must be willing to call each other out.
  5. Inattention to results. This happens when individual needs are put above goals of the team.

How Truly Cohesive Teams Behave:

  1. Trust one another.
  2. Engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.
  3. Commit to decisions and plans of action.
  4. Hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.
  5. Focus on the achievement of collective results.

One exercise highlighted in the book that can help team effectiveness: Have each person on a team share 1 big contribution that each person on their team makes and 1 thing they should stop to help.

I appreciate you.


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