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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Thank you for yesterday, it was lovely to meet you both, and it was a great day. Lots of positive feedback and I think we really took a lot away, especially from the MBTI. We’re currently trying to find a space to hang our artistic masterpiece!

Tui Spokesperson - MBTI Workshop & Art Factory

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it ???? Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
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
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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