If you have read the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni and your team exhibits similar behaviors described in the book OR you have not read the book, but you have thought to yourself: "I want to build a better team..." then, read on.Before you look into the simple assessment tool available or think about doing any work to build a cohesive team, ask yourself these very important questions:
1) Is this the right time?
- Is the team new?
- Is there an impending change in direction?
- Is there an unusually heavy workload right now?
- Is significant organizational change around the corner?
2) Is the team really a team?
- Do you meet on a regular basis?
- Are you an intact team? What I mean here is: Do you have a common goal?
- How big is this team? (Ideally 3-12 is a good number for this work.)
3) Is the team ready for heavy lifting?
- Are you willing to invest significant time and emotional energy to become a cohesive team.
4) Are YOU, the leader, committed to building a team?
- You must set the example.
If you answered NO to the four questions in #1, and YES to 2, 3 and 4 then you are ready to consider next steps.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to see what an assessment looks like and I will answer your preliminary questions.