Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Training and Programs

Boring meetings are just one sign of a dysfunctional team!synergize! evidence of team dysfunctions at a meeting.

 What are some others?

According to Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, there are five dysfunctions a work group must overcome to become a cohesive team:

  1. Absence of Trust.
  2. Fear of Conflict. 
  3. Lack of Commitment.   
  4. Avoidance of Accountability. 
  5. Inattention to Results. 


Check out how synergize! five dysfunctions (“5D”) training and programs can help get you started – and continue! – in the right direction. Check out the results achieved with a real synergize! client!

We offer the following options:

  1. One hour introduction to the five dysfunctions model gives you a good idea if your group suffers from any of them. This can help you decide if you are ready to address team dysfunctions more purposefully.
  2. Half-day workshop offers insight into likely areas of dysfunction. It includes a DISC assessment for each participant and an exercise designed to decrease misunderstandings, and increase intra- and inter-personal understanding.
  3. Full-day workshop is our most popular five dysfunction training. During this highly interactive day your group members each complete the DISC assessment and an anonymous Team Assessment to determine specific areas of dysfunction. Systematically addressing each dysfunction provides a foundation for your group to implement changes to become a more cohesive team. 
  4. One-and-a-half day workshop provides what the half-day and full-day options include, with more focus on specific areas of dysfunction and more attention on communicating effectively. 
  5. Five Dysfunctions training program is our most comprehensive option The 5D training program includes:
    • The Team Assessment  accurately diagnoses dysfunction.
    • The DISC Assessment facilitates discussion around communication issues within the team, and provides specific steps to improve communication.
    • An initial one-and-a-half day workshop (see above).
    • Follow up via brief survey at about 30 days, 90 days and 180 days.
    • Repeat Team Assessment using the Team Assessment Comparison Report (with its awesome side-by-side summary!) and half-day workshop at between 180 and 240 days. Repeating the Team Assessment provides a comparison with to the initial Team Assessment to measure progress to date. (The Team Assessment Comparison Report can be completed without the formal follow up training program.)


If you are tired of falling asleep in meetings, listening to post-meeting gossip or watching passive-aggressive co-workers let everybody know just what they really think (without saying what they really think) then you’re probably ready for some help to overcome some of the five dysfunctions of a team.

We are here to help. We LOVE working with dysfunctional work groups, and watching them grow into cohesive teams! Contact us today to learn how we can help your group become the best it can be – and sign up for a free hour consultation!

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