Cohesive Teams Are The Ultimate Competitive Advantage
When teams have a shared language around teamwork and when they dedicate time to understanding and cultivating healthy behaviors, they increase their productivity, innovation, collaboration and engagement. Additionally, improving teamwork goes beyond merely helping organizations become more effective, it reduces stress and dissatisfaction of the people who work in those organizations, which has a deep impact on the lives of their friends and family.
What are the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team?
Based on the bestselling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is a development program that guides intact teams and work groups through a journey to improve in five areas that are key to productive team dynamics: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results.
Trust One Another
When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with one another, they are able to build vulnerability-based trust.
Engage in Conflict Around Ideas
When there is trust, team members are able to engage in unfiltered, constructive debate of ideas.
Commit to Decisions
When team members are able to offer opinions and debate ideas, they will be more likely to commit to decisions.
Hold One Another Accountable When everyone is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.
Focus on Achieving Collective Results The ultimate goal of building greater trust, conflict, commitment, and accountability is one thing: the achievement of results.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ assessment gives team members a sense of their team’s unique strengths and areas of improvement by evaluating the team’s dynamic across the five fundamental behaviors. From there, team members decide which improvements are necessary for becoming a higher performing team.
The assessment also serves as a powerful measurement for growth by establishing a baseline for the current state at the beginning of the program. Then, after the team learns and practices new skills, they re-assess to receive valuable feedback on team progress and where more focus must be placed.
Do you want to help your teams – all of your teams, at every level – perform to their full potential? Contact me to discuss how to build a common language about the behaviors that create a truly cohesive team.