Real Lessons in Team Development
Everyone is talking about it, and with good reason. Patrick Lencioni’s ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – A Leadership Fable’ is an outstanding business book. It’s simple and powerful. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly recommend that you read this book.
So what’s so good about it? It’s about successful teamwork – nothing new there. There are also no new or radical concepts, theories or approaches. What makes it truly great is that Lencioni has succeeded in identifying what absolutely needs to happen (or indeed not happen) for teams to succeed. It’s simple, understandable and based on common sense. Lencioni in our view succeeds where many have failed; he has created a path for teams to follow to ensure their success. A straightforward, logical path, made up of clear stepping stones. If these are followed and embraced, success is inevitable.
Interestingly he approached the research for his book from a ‘problem’ mindset first, concluding that there are five major ‘dysfunctions’ that prevent teams from being successful. In his words,
“Successful teamwork is not about mastering subtle, sophisticated theories, but rather about combining common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence. Ironically, teams succeed because they are exceedingly human. By acknowledging the imperfections of their humanity, members of functional teams overcome the natural tendencies that make teamwork so elusive.”
The Model – 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
We’ve had the good fortune to spend many years working with a melting pot of diverse organisations to help specific work teams collaborate and deliver better results, and this framework is on the money as far as we’re concerned. The model can be ‘switched’ to offer a positive platform to help teams:
- Identify and work towards common goals
- Trust and appreciate each other
- Engage in healthy, constructive debate (essential for progress and continuous improvement)
- Commit to decisions and actions
- Hold each other accountable
- Work on the real priorities and deliver what matters
- Share in the credit and success of the team as a whole
Each team is different – tell us your team wish list and we’ll happily offer some suggestions to help your team/s succeed. Contact us here:
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” Michael Jordan