5 Steps To A High Performing Team

5 Steps To A High Performing Team

There’s no beating around the bush, we have a great pedigree in delivering engaging team building events.

One thing that we set our sights on many moons ago was striving to ensure that our workshops and events left teams measurably more engaged and high performing.

We were already delivering MBTI, Everything DiSC and Belbin Team Roles to underpin our team sessions with more theory to build trust and group awareness.

The problem was that we were missing a tried and tested pathway to building on that initial success and moving teams towards high performance more effectively.

Then we found Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team framework which offered us 5 steps to a high performing team.

Lencioni’s 2002 book 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team (link) outlines a powerful model and practical actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build cohesive, effective teams.

The 5 dysfunctions are:

  • (1) absence of trust
  • (2) fear of conflict
  • (3) lack of commitment
  • (4) avoidance of accountability
  • (5) inattention to results

Before I go on I’ll let the man himself tell you all about his 5 steps to a high performing team

Video: 5 Steps To A High Performing Team

A lot of team building activities and workshops consciously (or unconsciously) address dysfunction 1 by building trust.

The problem is that time and again teams walk out of those one-off team sessions feeling energised and more cohesive yet without the faintest idea how to take that back into the workplace in a way that sustainably improves their performance.

Within a week it’s back to how it was before.

This lack of structure feeds into team building getting a reputation for being ‘soft’ or a being a throwaway when in reality if a team is dysfunctional it can cost the business serious money and time,.

Lencioni’s model offers an answer with a series of focussed workshops that give your teams a clear 5 steps to a high performing team with the tools and actionable steps needed to make the changes last.

We’ve been using the 5 steps for sometime with great success.

If you would like to discuss a taking one of your teams through our series of ‘5 Dysfunctions’ workshops in order to create a high performing team that achieves results then get in touch HERE or call +44 (0)1905 330660



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Caroline Greenfield | Aramco Overseas
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Michelle Duberry | Galliford Try
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Nicola Newman | The AA
Great day had a wonderful time thank you to all the team for making it such a successful event with many happy memories.
Mark Hoggard | Depuy J&J
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Jenny James | RoSPA
Just a big thank you again for a brilliant date. So well organised from start to finish and the team on the day were all amazing. Everyone had a great time and the feedback has been brilliant.
Laura Heaton | Hazlewoods
We have had lots of positive feedback from many members of staff. They really enjoyed all the activities and felt that it allowed them to have fun and to get to know colleagues better. Thank you!
Sonia Johnson | Bracknell Forest CC
Brilliant facilitation, really understood our needs and worked with us to create something amazing. Feedback from staff has been really positive. They were engaged, and it really did support us in our messaging. Thank you!
Clare Salerno | Saints FC
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell | Beckton, Dickinson & Co
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Karen Wilson, | Zhero
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Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
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