Team Development: Learning From Dysfunction

I recently read a Tweet by Five-Star Basketball that listed "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team".  

I really found them interesting and wanted to take some time to learn from them.  

In some cases, it can be helpful to consider the negatives before the positives.  


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Trait #1: Absence of Trust

Comment:  In my experience, trust can only be developed over time.  I think people learn to trust one another by consistently demonstrating that they care for one another.  I feel selfishness can be a huge obstacle to team trust. 

Trait # 2: Fear of Conflict

Comment:  I feel like this revolves around communication and relationships. It is possible to prevent and manage conflict by effectively communicating. Avoiding the truth will almost always lead to bigger trouble. Strong relationships will enable the necessary communication needed in pressure situations.

Trait #3: Lack of Commitment

Comment:  Sharing a common goal, defining and fulfilling roles, and constant communication are necessary for a total team buy-in.  The more members of a team that share the common goal, the more likely for team improvement and success.

Trait #4: Avoidance of Accountability

Comment:  The individuals of a team and the collective group must be accountable for their actions.  Without accountability, it is difficult for a team to improve.  When the players of a team hold one another accountable you have ownership.  If ownership is present, special things can happen.  

Trait #5 : Inattention to Results

Comment:  Every time a team practices or plays there is an opportunity for that team to get better.  After each performance; reflection, feedback, goal setting and practice allow for a team to improve dramatically.  


I would like to conclude by converting the dysfunctional traits to the traits of a high functioning team.


Five Characteristics of High Functioning Teams

1.  Recognize the Importance of Relationships

2.  Effective Communication

3.  Shared Common Goal

4.  Shared Ownership

5.  Driven to Improve