The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world's most definitive source on practical information for building teams. The model has proven effective for organizations of all sizes — from start-ups to mid-market businesses and Fortune 100 companies. We offer a variety of products and services as well as free tools to help you build a healthy team.
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. Counter to conventional wisdom, the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable. However, they don't die easily. Making a team functional and cohesive requires levels of courage and discipline that many groups cannot seem to muster.
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Dysfunction #1: Absence of TrustThe fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.
Dysfunction #2: Fear of ConflictThe desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive ideological conflict.
Dysfunction #3: Lack of CommitmentThe lack of clarity or buy-in prevents team members from making decisions they will stick to.
Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of AccountabilityThe need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.
Dysfunction #5: Inattention to ResultsThe pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective success.
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