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Teamwork - Do you know the 5 dysfunctions of a team?

Created on 15 Apr 2015 | Last updated by Tiago Araújo [SSW] on 26 Feb 2021 10:51 PM (about 2 months ago)

There are five interrelated issues that undermine the performance of a team:

  1. Absence of trust - If the members of the team do not trust each other then they cannot be totally honest with each other.
  2. Fear of conflict - Without trust people will not have the healthy debates that are necessary to arrive at better thought through decisions.
  3. Lack of commitment - If the team have not aligned behind a decision then the individual members who did not agree with the final decision will ultimately be less committed to that decision.
  4. Avoidance of accountability - If they are not committed to the course of action, then they are less likely to feel accountable (or hold other people accountable).
  5. Inattention to results - Consequently, they are less likely to care about the group results (and instead focus on achieving their own goals).

These are from the excellent book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.

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