Five Dysfunctions

by Patrick Lencioni 

five-dysfunctions“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” was published by Patrick Lencioni in 2002. It is based on his fable of a team in crisis that needs to overcome dysfunctional team dynamics in order to have an opportunity to be successful. It talks about the many pitfalls that a team face as they seek to “row-together”. Lencioni’s research is supported by the fact that instruments are necessary to assist in creating a conversation that is safe and productive for team members. He endorses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) assessment as the most effective tool to use in coordination with his model – it is used by team members to address their individual similarities and differences in their styles.

In 2004, the Table Group’s founder, Patrick Lencioni developed the “online team assessment” instrument that provides a tangible measurement tool for the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model. The instrument consists of 38 questions and provides a quick effective snap-shot for team performance.  The Table Group subscribe to the notion that organizations succeed because they are both smart and healthy. Smart organizations make the right intellectual decisions, while healthy organizations have the capacity to take advantage of those decisions by minimizing confusion and politics and fostering true productivity and commitment in their employees.