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The Power of a Functional Team

If you were sitting in on a team meeting, teamwork may look normal on the surface but underneath there may be some deeper things going on.

Based on the groundbreaking book by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Behaviors® Team Development profile scores participants on the key behaviors every team needs to succeed. The five behaviors Lencioni identified will result—if each is maximized—in a team that operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. The characteristics of a cohesive team are Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results.

This behavioral model introduces The Five Behaviors model in the context of a real team. It explains how the behaviors derive from the five core dysfunctions of a team and describes how critical the behaviors are to building a cohesive team. Watch Patrick explain it here:

The 5 Core Dysfunctions on Teams are as follows:

  • Absence of trust - being vulnerable within the group to say and genuinely mean things about their mistakes.

  • Fear of conflict - teams that lack trust are incapable of volleying ideas around and allowing for a healthy debate amongst the team.

  • Lack of commitment - Teammembers may agree but rarely commit

  • Avoidance of Accountability - Individuals are not called out on their actions and behaviors that are counterproductive to the team.

  • Inattention to results - Individual needs above the goals of the team.

Being a cohesive team means that not only are group goals met but everyone feels like they have contributed to the overall success of the group. Individuals on a cohesive team tend to focus more on the entire group rather than their individual selves and are more motivated to work towards the team goal.

Patrick Lencioni thinks it is time to change the way we prepare people for success. Drawing from his book, The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni makes the compelling case that the key to success in an increasingly team-oriented world is being humble, hungry and smart.

3 Simple Virtues of an Ideal Team Player (a cohesive team play must have all three)

  • Humility

  • Hunger

  • Smart

So why do you want to get your team on the same page? High functioning teams are a lot more fun to work on and they get powerful results.

Stratengy is here to help you navigate being a great leader in today’s world. Stratengy runs six month programs on how to transform your team. We incorporate the Disc Assessment and the Five Behaviors Assessment.Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you and your team be more engaged, collaborative, and productive.

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