The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team: TRUST

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team - Trust

I remember playing football in high school and getting pummeled every week. We were in the wrong division, but I had the time of my life, and so did every guy on the team. There was a huge amount of predictable trust – everyone knew their role and we had each other’s backs. On and off the field. The camaraderie was outstanding and we had fun. Even though we did not win on the scoreboard, we set other goals and achieved them. Like doing 155 grass drills to overtake the Green Bay Packers in the Guinness Book of World Records. And we had fun.

When it comes to teams in the workplace this same level of trust is paramount to achieve great things. You have to be able to predict, and trust, what each other is going to do in so many ways, to be able to count on each other. This only comes from observing consistent behaviors over time.

But there is more. Predictable trust is important, just to make things work. Vulnerability based trust takes a team, or even a family, to much higher levels of greatness. As Patrick Lencioni says in his book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” it is only when every single team player is willing to own up to his or her mistakes, shortcomings, and weaknesses that a team becomes truly cohesive. That is when great things happen, because the team goes to work to overcome the weaknesses together.

I experienced this recently as a father. When having a meaningful discussion with my son of 30 years, he said “These are the conversations I love, Dad. When we can open up and truly express our struggles and concerns.” If I could turn back the clock, I would start that kind of dialogue when my children were toddlers, instead of trying to be the strong and macho dad that had no faults.

So as a partner with Wiley and Sons, we were able to work with Patrick Lencioni to develop a program entitled The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. To gain that true competitive advantage, Vulnerability Based Trust is the cornerstone behavior. Once you have that, the other behaviors follow: Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results.

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– Murray Janewski


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