Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team


Cohesion and consensus are both mentioned frequently when we discuss teams. However, team members often lack clarity or consensus when posed with a question or decision. In this workshop, we will delve into why this is by addressing lack of clarity and other obstacles facing dysfunctional and unproductive teams. It is based on the bestselling book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. This workshop is ideal for leadership teams, working groups, or individuals new to the concept of working in teams.  Lencioni states that ineffective teams demonstrate one of more of these dysfunctions:

1: Absence of Trust: The fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.
2: Fear of Conflict The desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive, ideological conflict.
3: Lack of Commitment: The lack of clarity and/or the fear of being wrong prevent team members from making decisions in a timely and definitive way.
4: Avoidance of Accountability: The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevent team members from holding one another accountable for their behaviors.
5: Inattention to Results: The desire for individual credit erodes the focus on collective success.
Team benefits: 
  • Will learn what are the “Five” Dysfunctions of a Team (as identified by Lencioni)
  • How to assess their teams to identify which dysfunctions exist and need to be addressed
  • Practical applications to overcome these dysfunctions
  • Will create a template/action plan to address any identified dysfunctions immediately
What is the number of participants for this program: 
Up to 30
2-4 hours
Space Requirements: 
Conference Room
Small Meeting Room
Medium-sized Meeting Room
Large-Sized Meeting Room
Tables Required
Flip Charts
LCD and screen
Additional activities: 

This workshop can be combined with other experiential activities, to create a full-day program.

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