Team coaching using The 5 Dysfunctions of a team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.

All teams have periods where they work against each other and this work by Lenconi really sums up what is happening for the team

It describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “work or rather row together” It explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure.

Dysfunction One – Absence of Trust

When team members do not trust one another, they are unwilling to be vulnerable within the team. It is impossible for a team to build a foundation for trust when team members are not genuinely open about their mistakes and weaknesses.

 Dysfunction Two – Fear of Conflict

Failure to build trust sets the stage for the second dysfunction. Teams without trust are unable to engage in passionate debate about ideas. Instead, they are guarded in their comments and resort to discussions that mask their true feelings.

 Dysfunction Three – Lack of Commitment

Teams that do not engage in healthy conflict will suffer from the third dysfunction. Because they do not openly surface their true opinions or engage in open debate, team members will rarely commit to team decisions, though they may feign agreement in order to avoid controversy or conflict.

 Dysfunction Four – Avoidance of Accountability

A lack of commitment creates an atmosphere where team members do not hold one another accountable. Because there is no commitment to a clear action plan, team members hesitate to hold one another accountable on actions and behaviors that are contrary to the good of the team.

 Dysfunction Five – Inattention to Results

The lack of accountability makes it possible for people to put their own needs above the team’s goals. Team members will focus on their own career goals or recognition for their departments to the detriment of the team.

This framework with individual coaching and team facilitation enables issues and dilemmas for the individuals and team to be addressed, a fantastic resource and methodology