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A 2-minute summary of Patrick Lencioni's book about why teams fail to work together to get the job done…. and what to do about it.

Key Points:

  • There are five ways teams commonly fail to work together to get the job done.
    • Trust is the base for a functional team. Not having this within your team can destroy you from the beginning.
    • Conflict can be a reason for failure if it’s not handled in the right way.
    • When your team communication isn’t good it can lead to team member not committing to the decisions that are made. This is a failure of “buy-in.”
    • Lack of accountability is another way your team can fall apart. Peer-to-peer accountability is really hard to come by.
    • Failure of “focus” happens when people stop focusing on the collective goals of the team and instead focus on their own individual goals.

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If you notice your team is lacking in one of these areas take some time to evaluate team performance and confront the issues before your team finds itself in a cycle of dysfunction.

See Also: Conflict, Leadership, Mission, Teams

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Which of these five dysfunctions do you most commonly see within your team?
  3. List some specific and practical ways you can combat these dysfunctions.
  4. What are some other things, that aren’t on this list, that you have observed in your team that have had a negative effect on team performance? Other things that have had a positive effect?
  5. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.