Forming a Team that Matters

In Lencioni’s overview of the model he gives this warning.  “These dysfunctions can be mistakenly interpreted as five distinct issues that can be addressed in isolation of the others.  But in reality they form an interrelated model, making susceptibility to even one of them potentially lethal for the success of the team.”  For that reason, team training needs to be built in a way that links one set of team functioning skills upon another.  Start by building trust among the members.  Then provide a safe way to practice “unfiltered and passionate debate.”  As the teams learns how to have healthy conflict, move into the areas of purpose, goals, process, and planning.  Let the training mirror what they will see in their team as they link one chain with another, forming a team that matters.

Successful strategic implementation requires people at all levels of the organization who care about the outcome, people who have the necessary ownership, commitment, and will to implement them.  (Richard Axelrod)