xSynthesis Consulting Services are characterized with high
professionalism and understanding of teamwork is a main emphasis
of the training program for all of our team members.
Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by
Patrick M. Lencioni
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their
Employees) by Patrick M. Lencioni
at Amazon (you can also see Amazon.com Exclusive video interview
with Patrick Lencioni on The Three Signs of a Miserable Job).
interaction with others
Teamwork is often talked about, but not enough practiced
discipline in the business world, as well as other areas of
life. It consists of simple principles, but not always easy
to integrate into one's behavior.
As this old Mexican proverb states, it is not really about
knowing what is teamwork that is the difficulty, but
actually doing it every day is the main challenge:
The Saints did not
pray to the Good Lord for instructions on what to do.
The Bible was already clear on what was expected of
them. Nevertheless, the Saints got down on their knees
every day of the their lives - to pray that, in spite of
daily temptations, they could find the courage and
strength to do the right thing. - Old Mexican
We see the following three points as crucial to true
Teamwork requires first and foremost trust, instead of
suspicion towards others. We rather have trust than
showing in-vulnerability. We are required to think of
"win-win" (Steven Covey's 4th habit) instead of "us-vs-them"
view of the world.
- Feedback (encouraging and
For a person and a team to be continually learning, one
has to be open to receiving feedback, both in the form
of encouragement and in the form of correction. Rarely there
is difficulty in giving or receiving encouraging or
praising feedback. However, correcting feedback, one that
requires that a person sees a mistake that they have
made and then change the work or habits such that they improve, can be much more difficult to give
properly and even more so to receive well and welcome.
- Focus on Results
Some additional resources you may find
helpful on these subjects are:
Lencioni's web site:
Patrick Lencioni's Amazon.com BLOG
Articles by Patrick Lencioni
- Three Signs of a Miserable Job
- The Model: The Three Signs of a Miserable Job
tackles employee satisfaction and fulfillment. (
- View Pat being interviewed on the Three Signs ( video)
- Patrick Lencioni answers some common questions about
his new book and model. (
- Job Misery Statistics: Short summary of research
findings that support a job misery epidemic. ( PDF)
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- The Model: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team explores
the behaviors that derail teams. (
- Summary Article: Read a brief summary of the model
outlined in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (
- Author Q&A: Author Patrick Lencioni answers some
common questions about his Five Dysfunctions model. (
Want to know more? today for a free
consultation and technology needs assessment.