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Episode #85 - The Five Most Common Dysfunctions of Teams with Chris Young

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When they are operating efficiently, teams are wonderful tools that can achieve amazing goals and bring innovative ideas to life. However, we often experience that there are many teams that experience dysfunction. Teams are inherently dysfunctional, and every team has dysfunction in some capacity.

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Overview of Episode #85 --- 

  • What contributes to team dysfunction. 
  • How we can improve team dysfunction using the Patrick Lencioni model. 
  • Why vulnerability-based trust matters and how it can be improved. 

So what are some things that can contribute to team dysfunction? Ultimately, the team dynamics are misappropriated, and clarity and communication are lacking. What exacerbates this is that there is a lack of cohesion in senior leadership, and it trickles down to our teams.

In order to break these systems that continue to cause teams to be dysfunctional, we must begin with vulnerability-based trust, which gives you an inside view into the heads and lives of the members of your team. This helps all team members feel seen and heard while other team members have a better understanding of each other and how best to work together.

When we can establish trust in a team and channels of accountability for the team to function, you will have a well-oiled synchronous machine that is ready to rock and roll. Not to say that the work is finished there, though! 

Teams will constantly need to revisit the Five Dysfunctions to assess where they are and where they can improve. It is this constant attention and devotion to the team that keeps it functional, cohesive, and successful.

My guest this week, Chris Young, founded the Rainmaker group in 2001 and has a master’s degree in Economics. He is a master Axiologist, like myself, and is a trusted advisor to companies all over the world.

Chris shares so much about the Five Dysfunctions of a team and how he identifies these dysfunctions and works with them to become the best team they can be while aligning with their business goals to achieve great things.

I know you’ll love this episode today. Tune in and hear more about how you can increase the understanding and productivity of your teams by reading one simple book! 

In this episode:

[00:01:27] Welcome to the show!

[00:03:23] Chris Young’s background and what we’ll talk about today.

[00:05:38] Welcome to the show, Chris!

[00:06:22] How do we remove team dysfunction?

[00:08:38] What contributes to team dysfunction?

[00:13:09] The importance of Patrick Lencioni’s book can help turn your team around. 

[00:17:08] The foundation of The Five Dysfunctions is vulnerability-based trust.

[00:27:00] Examples of how trust changed a team.

[00:31:23] Fast Movers have to shift their focus away from the bottom line and back to team values. 

[00:35:56] Teams are beautifully complex.

[00:38:00] One of the greatest challenges is leading a team.

[00:41:48] All it takes is one to turn teams around.

[00:44:08] A Five Dysfunctions success story.

[00:50:48] The biggest influences in Chris’s life.

[00:56:58] Advice for the younger Chris Young.

[00:58:14] What would Chris put on his billboard?

[01:00:01] Parting advice from Chris to help your teams.

[01:01:30] Get fired up and read the book! Thanks for joining me today! 

Information Shared in the Podcast:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

Mastering The Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't, Rockefeller Habits 2.0 by Verne Harnish

The Secrets of Facilitation: The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups by Michael Wilkinson

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller 

Wake Up Eager Team Building Tune Up

Get Team Building Ideas: Free Online Team Quiz & Resources

Free Team Building Activities: Little Known Motivation Techniques

Connect with Chris:

The Rainmaker Group


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