Five Dysfunctions of a Team

I’m preparing a workshop for a church and designed a pre-workshop PP presentation reviewing the Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni. I thought they might be worth passing on…

The five dysfunctions plus strategies for overcoming them:

1. ABSENCE OF TRUST
* Identify and discuss individual strengths and weaknesses
* Spend considerable time in face-to-face meetings and working sessions

2. FEAR OF CONFLICT
* Acknowledge that conflict is required for productive meetings
* Establish common ground rules for engaging in conflict
* Understand individual team member’s natural conflict styles

3. LACK OF COMMITMENT
* Review commitments at the end of each meeting to ensure all team-members are aligned
* Adopt a “disagree and commit” mentality—make sure all team members are committed regardless of initial disagreements

4. AVOIDANCE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
* Explicitly communicate goals and standards of behavior
* Regularly discuss performance versus goals and standards

5. INATTENTION TO RESULTS
* Keep the team focused on tangible group goals
* Reward individuals based on team goals and collective success

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