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A Patrick Lencioni Company

Since its publication in 2002, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world's most definitive source of practical information for building teams. The universal model outlined in the book has been embraced by virtually all types of organizations from multinational corporations, to small businesses, to professional sports, to education, to churches, non-profits and more. Developing a cohesive executive team is a critical component to building a healthy organization, as outlined in The Advantage.

Five Dysfunctions Solutions offers a range of options suitable for a variety of audiences. To see how clients typically go about deciding which products and solutions to use, click here ». To review our client stories click here »

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The Concept

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. Teams willing to dedicate themselves to building a cohesive team will experience the synergistic power and results only derived from maximizing human potential.

The Model

Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust
Fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust on a team.

Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict
The desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive ideological conflict.

Dysfunction #3: Lack of Commitment
The lack of clarity or buy-in prevents team members from making decisions they will stick to.

Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of Accountability
The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.

Dysfunction #5: Inattention to Results
The pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective results.

Characteristics of High Performing Teams:

Teams willing to address the Five Dysfunctions can experience the following benefits. High performing, cohesive teams:

  • Avoid wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics over and over again because of lack of buy-in
  • Make higher quality decisions and accomplish more in less time and fewer resources
  • Are comfortable asking for help, admitting mistakes and limitations and take risks offering feedback
  • Tap into one another’s skills and experiences
  • Put critical topics on the table and have lively meetings
  • Align the team around common objectives
  • Retain star employees

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Client Stories

Learn how companies are using the Five Dysfunctions to transform their organizations.

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Online Team Assessment

Online Team Assessment

The Online Team Assessment provides a tangible measurement tool for the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model. Since 2004, over 100,000 individuals have gone through our Assessment. A variety of teams—from Fortune 500 executive teams, to NFL coaching staffs, to school principals and their teachers—have used and benefited from the Assessment. With only 38 questions, this tool provides a quick, effective snap-shot for team performance.

Upon completion of the Online Team Assessment, facilitators will receive a Team Assessment Report which offers customized data outlining a team's strengths and weaknesses, recommendations for overcoming potential dysfunction and specific instructions for debriefing the results. In April 2012, the Assessment report was updated with new graphics and an enhanced format.

Key Take-aways

  • Facilitator will receive a customized, color report that reviews the dysfunctions, reveals team results and offers next steps.
  • The expanded 26-page report highlights performance on an easy-to-read stoplight scale of red-yellow-green (see sample report under the “Related Downloads” section).
  • The report outlines specific advice and exercises for building a functional, cohesive team.
  • Facilitator will receive instructions on how to effectively share the results with the team.
  • Initial results will provide a baseline for team performance.

Advanced Feature — The Comparison Report

For teams that want to gauge their progress over time, a Team Assessment Comparison Report is available. The Comparison Report graphically compares how a team's performance changed over time and highlights strongest areas, weakest areas, areas of greatest improvement and areas of greatest decline.

It is recommended that a team retest six months after the initial Team Assessment. Teams who choose to retest themselves will receive this new report in addition to the standard Team Assessment Report. To learn more about this feature, please download the Process Description and sample Comparison Report under the "Related Downloads" section.



Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Video Presentation

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Video Presentation you will hear from best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, as he offers a unique perspective on his model for teamwork. Using colorful examples from his own career and consulting experience, Lencioni explains the obstacles that prevent teamwork from taking hold in so many organizations and provides practical advice for overcoming them.

This video is ideal for teams that want to learn how to become more cohesive, as well as for individual leaders who are searching for better ways to eliminate politics in their organizations and improve team effectiveness.

The Five Dysfunctions video is approximately 40 minutes in length and includes a 28-page supplemental guide that reinforces concepts from the video, defines team exercises, and outlines next steps. In addition, the guide includes a short form Team Assessment and an excerpt from Lencioni's field guide on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Key Take-aways

  • An understanding of the five root causes for team dysfunction
  • Interesting anecdotes about real organizations that have struggled with teamwork
  • Specific advice and practical tools on how to begin the process of building a functional, lasting team
  • A common language for discussing issues and challenges within the team

Program Contents

Chaptered DVD and Supplemental Guide (includes a short form Team Assessment and an excerpt from Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide)

Runtime: 40 minutes
Cost: $495.00 (plus tax and shipping)
Format: Available in DVD format

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Related Downloads

Facilitator's Guide (Second Edition) — Revised 2012

Facilitator's Guide

(Second Edition — Revised 2012)

Facilitator's Guide

The Second Edition Facilitator's Guide has been revised and improved based on the changing needs of organizations and individuals. This guide gives facilitators everything needed for a high-impact, half-day, full-day or two-day learning session with intact teams or with groups of team leaders.

The Second Edition of the Facilitator's Guide includes two distinct workshops. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Workshop for Teams helps teams improve in each of five key fundamentals: trust, conflict, commitment, accountability and results. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Workshop for Team Leaders provides leaders with an in-depth understanding of the model and techniques for applying it within their teams.

The Second Edition package includes:

  • Binder: Completely revised and updated binder containing all the content required for both workshops (intact team and team leader) as well as numerous improvements and additions based on customer feedback.
  • Flash Drive: Numerous documents contained on one labeled flash drive
    • Two Scripts
      • Team Workshop revised script focuses on creating cohesive, effective teams and features numerous new exercise options
      • Team Leader Workshop new script focuses on teaching leaders to integrate the model within the teams they lead
    • Updated graphically enhanced PowerPoints for both workshops
  • Sample Workbooks: A newly developed and fully integrated workbook for each workshop
    • Participant Workbook, A Workshop for Teams (108 pages)
    • Participant Workbook, A Workshop for Team Leaders (90 pages)
  • Sample Paper Assessment
  • Poster

Depending on the type of workshop being delivered, select the corresponding participant workbook for every team member:

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Related Downloads

Participant Workbook for Intact Teams

(Second Edition — Revised 2012)

Participant Workbook

This workbook is the companion piece to the Facilitator's Guide (Second Edition) for those participants who are exploring the material as a team. The workbook provides the participant a structure to engage in exercises and review presented material. As the participants work through the pages of the workbook with their team, they will move toward cohesiveness and productivity.

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Related Downloads

Participant Workbook for Team Leaders

(Second Edition — Revised 2012)

Participant Workbook

This easy-to-use workbook is the companion piece to the Facilitator's Guide (Second Edition) for a workshop comprised of team leaders. The workbook provides a structure for leaders to deepen their understanding of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in order to effectively apply the material with their own teams.

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Related Downloads



The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is the flagship book for Patrick Lencioni having sold more than one million copies. Pat's groundbreaking theory on teams focuses on collective team behaviors that lead to success. Reading the book is often the first step in launching a Dysfunctions teambuilding initiative.

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Field Guide

Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide

In Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni offers more specific, practical guidance for overcoming the Five Dysfunctions—using tools, exercises, assessments and real-world examples.

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Comprehensive Kit

Comprehensive Kit

Comprehensive Kit

Revised and updated in 2012, this kit provides everything you need to deliver a high-impact, half-day, full-day or two-day learning experience for intact teams.

The kit should be used for a functional intact team that works together to solve problems and accomplish tasks. The kit includes ten guides entitled, Participant Workbook, A Workshop for Teams.

The process offered in the workshop was developed and field-tested by Patrick Lencioni and his firm, The Table Group. Practical application was central to the workshop's curriculum design. Rather than a lecture-based classroom model, Lencioni's innovative approach prompts participants to make active changes and progress during the workshop itself.

Kit Contents

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Facilitators Guide (Second Edition) - 1 copy
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Book - 1 copy
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team Field Guide - 1 copy
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Video Presentation - 1 copy
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Online Assessment - 10 licenses
Participant Workbook, A Workshop for Teams - 10 copies

Kit Description

The Facilitator's Guide presents a disciplined approach for applying the model, complete with a script and slides team workshops. The guide provides suggestions for integrating all products offered in the kit. The 10 Online Team Assessment licenses and the 10 Team Participant Workbooks provide materials for each team member. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team book, related field guide and video are also part of this comprehensive program. Although this Kit is designed for 10 participants, additional materials are available. For those conducting the Leader Workshop, please contact for a discount schedule.

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(A $1,830 Value)

Consulting Services

Consulting Services

For teams that wish to avoid the natural human tendencies that can plague a team's effectiveness, our consultants can design and deliver a program around the dysfunctions model tailored to suit a team's needs.

Table Group Consultants help companies implement The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model in a number of ways, including:

  • Senior leadership team offsites
  • Ongoing leadership team consulting
  • Organizational wide program development
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Management Training

Visit the Consulting section of our website for more on our services or fill out the consulting inquiry form below:

Consulting Inquiry Form

If you are interested in learning more about our services, please feel free to fill out the form below. If you prefer to talk about our consulting and training offerings via phone, please call our vice president of consulting, Jeff Gibson at 925-299-9705.


Speaking Services

Speaking Services

Pat has delivered his message about teamwork to thousands of organizations across North America inspiring audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling. During his talk, Pat uncovers the natural human tendencies that derail teams and lead to politics and confusion throughout an organization. Audience members will walk away with specific advice and practical tools for overcoming the dysfunctions and creating more functional and cohesive teams.

Pat’s keynote presentations are an excellent source of engagement, information and inspiration, and they can also serve as a kick-off to an organizational-wide team-building initiative.

Speaking Inquiry Form

To inquire about Pat’s availability, please contact Alison Knox at 925.299.9706 or email Or you may complete our easy-to-use online Speaking Inquiry Form below. Please note that we receive dozens of requests on a weekly basis and will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in an expeditious manner.