Skye Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

By Morag Barrett on May 1, 2012

Posted by Morag Barrett | May 1, 2012Skye Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick LencioniThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team is the first of a series of books written by Patrick Lencioni.The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is written as a fable, following the trials and stresses of an executive team at DecisionTech, an imaginary Silicon Valley company.  If you don’t like the fable style of management book then simply turn to the last chapter for the cliff note version!The Five Dysfunctions of a Team demonstrates how each of the five dysfunctions, or an absence of a critical element for high performing teams, build on each other and result in less than optimal performance.The Five Dysfunctions that the author identifies are:Absence of trust.  If team members are not open with each other about their mistakes and weaknesses, it is impossible to build a foundation of trust.  This requires team members to be vulnerable and be able to admit when they don’t know the answer.  An absence of trust leads to the second dysfunctionFear of conflict.  Teams that lack trust resort to veiled discussions and guarded comments, and are unable to have the candid discussions and debate required to ensure high quality decisions and solve business problems.  The inability to openly discuss issues leads to aLack of commitment.  If team members are unable to fully air their views, if they don’t feel their concerns have been heard, or that they have contributed to the decision, it is unlikely that they will be fully committed to the decisions of the group (see also ‘Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes For an Answer‘).  If team members are not fully bought into the decisions of the group, then there will be a:Lack of accountability.  This is demonstrated in many ways, passive aggressive behavior, decisions that continue to be revisited, or decisions that appear to be made but there is a failure to execute and deliver the required results.  Failure to hold one another accountable then leads to the fifth dysfunction an:  Inattention to results.  This occurs when team members put their individual needs (for example ego, career, recognition or reward) or their function or team above the collective needs of the business.The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a quick read, and I would definitely recommended it as a resource for helping to take your team’s performance to the next level.If you’d like to learn more about Skye Team High Performing Team programs then contact us today on +1 303 800 5442.  Related ArticlesTags »Best Leadership BooksHigh Performing TeamTeam activitiesteam building coloradoteam building denver Share
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