There are signs something’s not going to work before failure occurs.

A recent note from a reader asked: When is a team dysfunctional, and what does it mean to to reboot a team? It should be noted that The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni is a great source to sources and solutions for team dysfunctions (check out the Re-read Saturday feature).

When is a team dysfunctional?

The simplest answer is that a team is dysfunctional when it can’t deliver on its commitments. The problem with that answer is that it would be better to see the problem before it impacts commitments.  A more useful question might be: what are the attributes of a potentially dysfunctional team that can be used diagnose problems before they fail to deliver? Three common dysfunctions and some ways to identify them early are:   (more…)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Over the past 14 weeks, we completed a re-read of  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing).  The book lays out a hierarchal model of the dysfunctions that can plague a team or organization. For me, there are three main takeaways.  The first is the model of the five dysfunctions. They are:

  • Dysfunction 1: Absence of Trust
  • Dysfunction 2: Fear of Conflict
  • Dysfunction 3: Lack of Commitment
  • Dysfunction 4: Avoidance of Accountability
  • Dysfunction 5: Inattention to Results

As we noted earlier in the re-read, you can think of each of dysfunction as a card in a precariously balanced house of cards.  Each card is important and, if withdrawn, the whole structure will collapse.  Each dysfunction builds on each other and,  unless dealt with, can poison a team or organization.  When using the model to facilitate the behavior change of a team, use the overall model as a critical reminder that you can’t just jump to the end state. Improving any team requires the application of careful and concerted effort continuously over time.   (more…)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

It is nearly 2017!  Today we complete the re-read portion of the Re-Read Saturday for The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing).  This installment covers the section titled Understanding and Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions. This section is the most hands-on portion of the book and I suggest spending time with the wide range of ideas Lencioni peppers throughout this section. Note that there are three very short sections that follow the Understanding and Overcoming section. They are interesting reads; however, I will leave them to you to review.  Next week we will conclude this Re-Read with final thoughts. (more…)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Happy Holidays!  Today we have a short version of Re-Read Saturday.  This week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we address begin the major section titled, The Model.  The Model culminates Lencioni’s book and includes four chapters. Today we will re-read the sections titled, An Overview of the Model and Team Assessment.  A short and sweet entry and then I am off for potent eggnog and just maybe a seat at the new Star Wars Movie.  Two more weeks on this book. (more…)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we address section four with the sections titled The Harvest, Gut Check, and The March.  These three sections complete and sum up The Fable.  I am planning three more weeks on this book.  

Which means we need to choose a new book. We have a poll going for the next book. I have identified three books, including re-reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset, Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) and Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi).   I have also had suggestions (in the other category) for Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Adam Grant) and Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man by Takehiko Harada.  I would like your opinion.

If you are new to the re-read series buy a copy of the current book and go back to week one and read along!

Part Four (more…)

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we conclude Part Three with the sections titled the Last Stand, Flack, Heavy Lifting, and Rally. I suspect we have 3 or 4 weeks left before moving to the next book, BUT we still have a number of ideas to extract from this book.

If you are new to the re-read series buy a copy and  go back to week one and read along!

I have not heard any nay sayers on the idea of re-reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset next, however just be to fair I am going to include a poll at the end to decide between Mindset, Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) and Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi).  I would like your opinion! (more…)

 

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The “Book” during unboxing!

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we continue with the third section of the book.  This section begins the second off-site by wrestling with defining who their first team is.  The concept of the first team can be summarized as who a team member owes their ultimate work loyalty.  Any scenario that includes a hierarchy of teams faces this issue. (more…)

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The “Book” during unboxing!

I am back from the Øredev  in Malmo, Sweden. It was a wonderful conference. Check out my short review.

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), the team returns to the office and quickly begins the transformation process.

(Remember to buy a copy from the link above and read along.)

Part Three – Heavy Lifting (more…)

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The “Book” during unboxing!

This week’s entry is a bit on the short side, I am on my way to the Øredev conference.  If you are going to be in Malmo, Sweden for the conference please attend my sessions and let’s connect!

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we complete the review of off-site meeting with the team setting a goal and an ultimatum.  We end on another cliffhanger. (more…)

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The “Book” during unboxing!

Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni:  Re-Read Week 6

Today we continue our re-read of the business novel The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing). If you do not have a copy of the book, please buy a copy from the link above and read along.

This week, we get are exposed to Lencioni’s whole model of team dysfunctions. Lencioni continues to illustrate the model through a series of problems and crises that make the DecisionTech team into a dysfunctional collection of individuals.

Deep tissue (more…)