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Team Building vs. Team Development

Is Your Leadership Team Leading?            

Teamwork is promoted and praised  and pumped up AND is probably the most undeveloped advantage left for your organization.  Teams (especially "leadership teams") are built from organizational charts but rarely developed to the potential that a pool of talented, motivated people can attain.  Patrick Lencioni's best-selling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team produced a model for team development that  shows us how cohesive teams behave and why they are productive & effective.

One of the ways I find this model so appealing and helpful is the progression up the pyramid.  We all want to get to results with less attention to the foundation beneath the results.  But as you can see, the pyramid rests on a strong level of trust and conflict management.  Members of a cohesive team behave like this:

  • They trust each other - when you are confident of your peers' intentions, everyone is comfortable being open.
  • They engage in productive conflict around ideas - with unfiltered debate, all opinions are shared.
  • They commit to decisions and plans of action - clarity & joint commitment is possible because trust and conflict have led to buy-in.
  • They hold each other accountable for delivering against those plans - reminding each other of responsibility to the team.
  • They focus on the achievement of collective results.

Each of these behaviors make sense alone, or at least most of us have tried to get them to work alone.  Together they form a structure that can help move from a team that was built into one that is  developed to be more effective and fun.  Call or write, let's talk about developing your team.