The way many organizations build, task, and mobilize their teams almost always sets the team up for struggle and perhaps even failure. Other organizations that understand team performance know that if you want teams to deliver results then what happens on the front end of team and throughout the team lifecycle to build and maintain cohesiveness is critically linked to what the team delivers.
We have worked with enough teams in a variety of organizations to know what sets teams up for success and those factors that set teams up for friction, conflict, mistrust, and ultimate failure. What makes the difference? Teams that take the time address the factors that contribute to a cohesive team at the beginning of their team formation process are the teams that deliver!
Using Lencioni’s team building model called, The Five Behavior of a Cohesive Team©, We work with teams that are just beginning the team formation process which have been intact for at least 8 weeks . We also work with teams who, though they have worked together for a number of months, have become bogged down by internal delay, politics, mistrust, and conflict.
The 6 Components of a Cohesive Teams:
Our team process addresses 5 behaviors that must be present if a team is to perform at its highest level.
- Building Trust
- Mastering Conflict
- Achieving Commitment
- Embracing Accountability
- Focusing on Results
Our Approach with Clients:
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team process requires a commitment from every team member especially those who are leading and managing the team. We work with our clients to diagnosis the existing dynamics and issues the team is experiencing. We also collaborate to define the goals and outcomes which the team, and the larger organization, are looking for as a result of the training. This two and one-half day process, ideally facilitated at an offsite location, allows the team to focus on and address the obstructions as well as strategize around next steps that move the conversation into action steps that produce measureable progress. We also encourage teams to participate in a 6-month follow-up Five Behaviors Progress Report to determine which behaviors are showing improvement and where additional energy will need to be applied.