The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni ~ Wednesday’s book of the Week

 This week’s book o the week is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is told through the story of a fictional business and newly appointed CEO. In taking the new position, she also inherited all the dysfunction with it especially when it comes to their team work. When trying to explain to the Chairmen of the Board who is questioning her decisions she explains, “…a fractured team is just like a broken arm or leg; fixing it is always painful, and sometimes you have to rebreak it to make it heal correctly. And the rebreak hurts a lot more than the initial break, because you have to do it on purpose.”¹

In the introduction of this book Patrick Lencioni explains why he decided to write this book and the importance of the much neglected work of building a cohesive team. “If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”²

How much time do we waste on picking up the pieces of a failed team? How many hours get lost in unproductive behaviors of people not only being led, but in the leadership team itself? Countless I know. We spend a lot of time on bandaid management and putting out fires.

5 Dysfunctions of Team
Photo Credit: James Maher. Used by permission.

One of the first dysfunctions talked about during the story of the fictitious company  DecisionTech, Inc. and it’s fairy tail CEO Kathryn Peterson is absence of trust. “Trust is the foundation of real teamwork. And so the first dysfunction is a failure on the part of team members to understand and open up to one another.”³ Recognizable qualities of a team that values trust is shown in how they interact with each other. “Great teams do not hold back with one another… They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.”³

Where is the trust breakdown in your team? How could it be improved? What step could you take right now to help aid in rebuilding of that trust?

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Sarah Jackson

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References:

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni pg 37
  2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni pg vii
  3. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni pg 43 – 44

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