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Building more effective teams


I recently attended a WWA workshop based on Patrick Lencioni's teachings. This reminded me of his book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" and his pyramid. And I remembered how I was amazed in awe when I read it. I realized that if every team could apply the principles outlined in the pyramid, they would be successful.


These are the five dysfunctions presented by Lencioni's pyramid:


Absence of Trust - Without trust, teams cannot function effectively. Trust is built through vulnerability and authenticity, where team members must be open and honest with each other and admit their weaknesses and mistakes.


Fear of Conflict - When team members lack trust, they avoid healthy conflict. Yet, constructive conflict is necessary for good decision-making and problem-solving. Team members should feel comfortable challenging each other's ideas, as this can lead to better solutions.


Lack of Commitment - If team members avoid healthy conflict, they're less likely to commit to team decisions. This lack of commitment can lead to insufficient support for team goals and a lack of effort to achieve them.


Avoidance of Accountability - Avoiding commitment to decisions results in less accountability. This can lead to missed deadlines, poor performance, and a lack of progress towards team goals.


Inattention to Results - The final dysfunction is focusing on individual goals instead of the team's goals. This lack of commitment and accountability can lead to a lack of progress and failure..


To overcome these dysfunctions, Lencioni suggests that teams must build trust, engage in healthy conflict, commit to decisions, hold themselves and others accountable, and focus on achieving results. This requires a willingness to be vulnerable and honest with one another and to prioritize the team's goals above individual goals. By addressing these dysfunctions, teams can work more effectively together and achieve greater success.


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