Together Everyone Achieves More!!!!

After a very long time, i started reading the book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” again. One of my all time favorites. Wanted to post the summary of five dysfunctions, so that i can revisit the summary whenever required.

1. Absence of Trust
2. Fear of Conflict
3. Lack of Commitment
4. Avoidance of Accountability
5. Inattention to Results

  • Absence of trust among team members. Essentially, this stems from their unwillingness to be vulnerable within the group. Team members who are not genuinely open with one another about their mistakes and weaknesses make it impossible to build a foundation for trust.
  • This failure to build trust is damaging because it sets the tone for the second dysfunction: fear of conflict. Teams that lack trust are incapable of engaging in unfiltered and passionate debate of ideas. Instead, they resort to veiled discussions and guarded comments.
  • A lack of healthy conflict is a problem because it ensures the third dysfunction of a team: lack of commitment. Without having aired their opinions in the course of passionate and open debate, team members rarely, if ever, buy in and commit to decisions, though they may feign agreement during meetings.
  • Because of this lack of real commitment and buy-in, team members develop an avoidance of accountability,the fourth dysfunction. Without committing to a clear plan of action, even the most focused and driven people often hesitate to call their peers on actions and behaviors that seem counterproductive to the good of the team.
  • Failure to hold one another accountable creates an environment where the fifth dysfunction can thrive. Inattention to results occurs when team members put their individual needs (such as ego, career development, or recognition) or even the needs of their divisions above the collective goals of the team.

I found a link to an assessment. If you are running a team, you may find it useful!!!

Building and maintaining a team is hard work and can force even the most seasoned professional well outside of their traditional comfort zones.
Professionals have disparate work habits, communication styles and levels of emotional intelligence.
Getting everyone to pull in the same direction can be tough work!
Via : Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Summary

Useful Summaries

One of the patterns i started seeing with all these special books are that, every time you read you will get an interesting perspective from the book. Its very important to have a list of books that you may want to reread every year.

Happy Learning!!!


1 thought on “Together Everyone Achieves More!!!!

  1. Ha ha ha, the irony is good people managers like you are running away from teams and the worser ones want to build bigger teams to delegate everything. Please do not do any people management posts because they are depressing. They will probably never be implemented.


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