Teamwork

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 Concept

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.


The Model

Download PDF
Generic placeholder image
  • Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust

    The fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.
  • Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict

    The desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive ideological conflict.
  • Dysfunction #3: Lack of Commitment

    The lack of clarity or buy-in prevents team members from making decisions they will stick to.
  • Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of Accountability

    The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.
  • Dysfunction #5: Inattention to Results

    The pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective success.

Products

Our products are suitable for a variety of audiences and do not require training or certification.



Services



Free Tools & Resources

Download our free tools and resources that will supplement your understanding of the five dysfunctions model.