5 Dysfunctions of a Team

5 dysfunctions of a team

How do I know what team books to read?

If you’re working on building a team there are a million and one books out there that profess to tell you how to do it. Most focus on leadership, on how you can be better, and some focus on the dynamics of the team. The dynamics of the team is the bit we’re really keen on at Yorkshire Team Building, we believe it takes the team to make the team.

Therefore our number one book recommendation is Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a team.

Time strapped team leaders don’t have time to waste so grab this book on your coffee break and start reading. Its good!! It’s a story which makes it soooo much more accessible. It gives you a nice simple list of stuff to work on, each builds on the one before. And its actually a gripping read! … you can listen to it too.

 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J–B Lencioni Series)

5 Dysfunctions and sheep herding

We built our Sheep Herding session at Yorkshire Team Building around honest communication – ‘call a spade a spade’, ‘say it how it is‘. We believe that everyone should feel valued enough that they can and should say anything that’s on their mind as soon as it comes up without ‘fear of conflict’ (that doesn’t mean there should be no conflict just they shouldn’t fear it – read the book). If they don’t speak up it’s a waste of their talent.

You employed them right? Let them speak. 

Many leaders think they do listen but when we observe them they actually don’t. The leader gets fixated on/exited by their own idea and goes blind to all the good ideas around them. We see it time and again. The team soon disengages and goes quiet, what a waste. 

Have a go at this book, it’s quick and simple and sometimes surprising.

Be honest about your own team.

Book a session with us to observe your team.

How willing are they to challenge?