5 disfunctions of a team (3) Lack of Commitment

You’ve inherited what you consider a dysfunctional team, but what makes you think they are dysfunctional? IN the last two weeks we have discussed the real basis for dysfunction a lack of trust and an inability to manage conflict. Once you’ve overcome these two- we get to addressing a lack of commitment.

Patrick Lencioni created a very understandable model about how and why teams are dysfunctional and how you can assist them to function better. … Read more

5 disfunctions of a team (2) Fear of conflict

You’ve inherited what you consider a dysfunctional team, but what makes you think they are dysfunctional?  Last week we analysed the first cause of dysfunction- a lack of trust. Now we move on.

Patrick Lencioni created a very understandable model about how and why teams are dysfunctional and how you can assist them to function better.  Lets work at the base, the most fundamental dysfunctions, and work our way up.… Read more

5 Dysfunctions of a team (1) absence of trust

You’ve inherited what you consider a dysfunctional team, but what makes you think they are dysfunctional?

We all agree if you can get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any market, against any competition. But the truth is that genuine teamwork remains elusive in most organizations and in most teams. And the reason comes from falling unknowingly to the 5 dysfunction pitfalls.… Read more

I’ve inherited a dysfunctional team… help me

Anytime a senior member of staff leaves a company, a certain level of instability is to be expected.

Employees who reported into that person begin to feel insecure about their future within the company and they certainly can’t be blamed for feeling anxious about a new boss, maybe someone completely unknown to them or the business.

Personally, I have been involved in a few managerial upheavals in my career and can attest to how unsettling they can be.… Read more

5 Rules to argue in an appropriate way

Our times are getting more and more argumentative.

Culture wars are dividing nations.  You are asked to take a position and agree with it right or wrong.  This style of disputation is finding its way into businesses as well, where disagreeing with a statement or a proposal is seen as a declaration of war, a destroyer of relationships.

So how can we deal with this increasingly disputatious world?… Read more