This week, we focus on the remaining three dysfunctions of a team, based on Patrick Lencioni’s seminal work: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (2002). Please see the Team Coaching 2 blog for team dysfunctions one and two. Again, we’ll focus on a positive spin. What follows is a summary of pages 207 – 218.
Dysfunction III: Lack of Commitment
A team that commits:
- Creates clarity around direction and priorities
- Aligns the entire team around common objectives
- Develops an ability to learn from mistakes
- Takes advantage of opportunities before competitors do
- Moves forward without hesitation
- Changes direction without hesitation of guilt
Dysfunction IV: Avoidance of Accountability
A team that holds one another accountable:
- Ensures that poor performers feel pressure to improve
- Identifies potential problems quickly by questioning one another’s approaches without hesitation
- Establishes respect among team members who are held to the same high standards
- Avoids excessive bureaucracy around performance management and corrective action
Dysfunction V: Inattention to Results
A team that focuses on collective results:
- Retains achievement-oriented employees
- Minimizes individualistic behavior
- Enjoys success and suffers failure acutely
- Benefits from individuals who subjugate their own goals/interests for the good of the team
- Avoids distractions
Weekly Challenge: Assess your team (and yourself) regarding Dysfunctions III, IV, and V.
Supporting Your Success!