We’ve just wrapped up a 5½ year project where our role was to build a cohesive team, structure, and strategy to accomplish a specific goal, starting pretty much from scratch. Many times during the final months of the project, the team was referred to as a well-oiled machine. Was the team perfect? Absolutely not. Were there times when the team felt defeated and frustrated? Absolutely.

What made this team stand out were characteristics that withstood the test of time and various hurdles faced over the years. I firmly believe these characteristics allowed the team to make high-quality decisions, accomplish more in less time with fewer resources, and ultimately accomplish their goal.

  • The team was aligned around a common objective.
  • Team members were comfortable asking for help, knew their limitations, and were willing to take risks.
  • Team members brought their own unique set of skills, expertise, and experiences to the table.
  • The team avoided wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics because of a lack of buy-in.
  • The team was comfortable putting critical topics on the table and having lively discussions.

While we are thrilled the project achieved its stated goal, there were numerous lessons learned along the way. This is why we are so excited to be doing a deep dive into The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model developed by Patrick Lencioni.

During the past five months, we have been developing a series of workshops to help leaders build cohesive teams, blending the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model with our personal experiences. The workshops will cover various topics, including building trust, fostering healthy conflict, establishing team commitment to decisions and plans of action, creating individual and team accountability, and focusing on the achievement of collective results.

It’s important to note that we use the term team liberally. This work applies to boards, committees, networks, organizational units, project teams, etc. Anytime you have a group of people that share common goals and mutual accountability, you have a team.

We anticipate launching these workshops with a few select clients this Fall, along with a blog series that takes a more in-depth look into how to make progress toward becoming a more cohesive team.

Want to learn more? We’d love to chat.