The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world’s most definitive source on practical information for building teams. The book’s impact extends beyond business schools, churches, non-profit organizations, professional sports teams, and the military. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has sold over two million copies and continues to be a fixture on national best-seller lists week after week.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work and the keys to overcoming them. Counter to conventional wisdom, the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable. However, they don’t die easily. Making a team functional and cohesive requires levels of courage and discipline that many groups cannot seem to muster.
#1: Absence of Trust
#2: Fear of Conflict
#3: Lack of Commitment
#4: Avoidance of Accountability
#5: Inattention to Results
Characteristics of High Performing Teams
Teams willing to address the five dysfunctions can experience the following benefits.
High performing, cohesive teams:
#1: Are comfortable asking for help, admitting mistakes and limitations, and take risks offering feedback.
#2: Tap into each others' skills and experiences.
#2: Avoid wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics repeatedly because of the lack of buy-in.
#4: Make higher quality decisions and accomplish more in less time and fewer resources.
#5: Put critical topics on the table and have lively meetings.
#6: Align the team around common objectives.
#7: Retain star employees.
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