I have been reading "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team," by Patrick Lencioni. The book opens with a company in trouble and a new leader at the helm. Lencioni follows the leader, Kathryn, as she observes the characteristics of a team that are crippling this company. Then the reader watches as Kathryn institutes changes that forge a healthy team where success thrives.
Interestingly, the same dysfunctions that plague this company can also be seen interfering with family and friend relationships. Companies that prosper are, in many ways, identical to families that flourish: they both utilize healthy team dynamics. For the next few weeks, I'm going to explore four of the universal team dysfunctions and share some useful tools for creating healthier teams. Many of them are common sense, but Lencioni's insight sheds light on why simple behaviors can be difficult to implement at work and home.
Personally, I have always had a much easier time practicing healthy team dynamics at work than I have at home. So, I'm curious. Do you function the same in your business life and personal life? Or do you find healthy team principles easier to practice in either your professional relationships or your personal relationships?
I'm looking forward to some good discussions over the next few weeks and improving my own team functionality as a result!