Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

Discover a process and method to adopt best practice team behavior

From talented individuals to extraordinary teams

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is a unique learning experience that helps people discover what it takes to achieve the ultimate competitive advantage of teamwork. The author Patrick Lencioni and our leading workplace assessment tools come together in a breakthrough programme proven to deliver business results.

The purpose is to help people discover how to build a truly cohesive and effective team.  This assessment-based programme focuses on putting The Five Behaviors™ model into practice. Additionally, two versions of the programme are available: Powered by Everything DiSC® or All Types™ — two distinct personality models — which help participants better understand how individual personalities contribute to team development.

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A test, also called assessment

Start your journey to teamwork with either Five Behaviors personality assessment

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team assessment-based programme focuses on putting The Five Behaviors™ model into practice. Two versions of the programme are available: Powered by Everything DiSC® or powered by All Types — two distinct personality models — which help participants better understand how individual personalities contribute to team development. Both are equally valuable in helping teams achieve greater effectiveness and productivity. Here is an explanation on All Types.

A profile report

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The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team profile report powered by Everything DiSC offers a 36-page highly personalised assessment results for individual and team. The visuals are strong and illustrate key messages. The feedback is context-specific, and takes in to account the DiSC style of the respondent, compared to the team. Last but not least, the profile report offers tips and strategies for improving teamwork effectiveness, using the opportunity for building an action plan. Purchase this profile report in the shop.

five behaviors of a cohesive team assessment alltypes disc partnersThe Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team profile report powered by All Types offers the same 36 page personalised assessment results, however, the personal styles and behavioral preferences are illustrated using All Types, which is mbti compatible (Jungian Types). If your organisation is used to working with mbti, this profile report will offer familiar expressions and personality type explanations, linked to the Five Behaviors model. Purchase this profile report in the shop.

Both of the profile reports, whether powered by Everything DiSC or All Types, come in two different versions: one for each team member, with personalised narrative depending on their style, and one annotated version for the facilitator, that summarises the group data and provides suggestions for facilitation.

A facilitation kit

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The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitation Kit powered by Everything DiSC® or All Types

Create an end-to-end teamwork development program or concentrate on specific areas. Switch out video clips and modify the fully scripted Facilitator’s Guide, PowerPoint® slides, and handouts. Add or delete sections to fit any time frame.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitator Kit is full of rich content that will increase your depth of knowledge in the program as well as provide video content, with videos of Patrick Lencioni himself and activities to support development within teams. All kits come with a set of takeaway cards, any extra need to be purchased separately. View the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Facilitation Kit in the shop.

You should register the Facilitation Kit with Wiley just after purchasing, to keep up to date with any changes or additions to the package.

Supplemental reports

five behaviors of a cohesive team erport spread disc partnersAnnotated Team Report – The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
This tool is used by the facilitator when preparing for a team session. The report is a copy of the team profile with the following additional notations:

  • Expanded explanation for profile content
  • Scoring interpretation
  • Resources for additional information
  • Indicators of personalised/tailored content
  • In addition, an appendix includes a ranking of all assessment items by team average and the team’s percentile for each of The Five Behaviors.

Comparison Reports – The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Comparison
Can be created for any two participants to illustrate their similarities and differences in a team session or follow up activity to keep the momentum of the program. This report comes with each of the profiles at no extra cost.

Progress Report – The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Progress Report
Is for teams who have already taken the original Five Behaviors assessment. The Progress Report measures team progress by graphically comparing how a team’s performance changed over time, ideally over a six month period.

This report highlights areas of greatest improvement and decline, offering productive points of discussion, while providing an action plan to help teams prioritise and set specific goals. The Progress Report is delivered at no additional cost.

Reference books

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni offers a leadership fable that is as inspiring and instructive as his first two books, ‘The Five Temptations of a CEO’ and ‘The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive’. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company.

Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

five behaviors of a cohesive team ideal team player book disc partnersThe Ideal Team Player

The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players.  Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team has a simple goal: To facilitate a learning experience that helps professionals and their organisations discover what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team, by providing individual and team feedback.

The program is designed exclusively for intact teams and work groups. Before making your decision on the program, consider the question: Is the team really a TEAM? A team is a relatively small number of people (we say from three to twelve) who meet on a regular basis and are collectively responsible for results. The team members share common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them. Not every group is a team!

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team measures five dimensions of team performance

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is the result of the partnership between Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. Together they have created a team development programme with a simple goal—to improve team effectiveness and productivity through the understanding and application of The Five Behaviors: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results.

Trust

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF A COHESIVE TEAM

five behaviors of a cohesive team triangle trust disc partnersTrust lies at the heart of a functioning, cohesive team and can only happen when team members are willing to be completely vulnerable with one another. This includes saying things like “I’m sorry” or “Your idea was better than mine.” A personality assessment can help people gain insight on their peers and develop empathy, two important qualities that allow a team to build trust.

Conflict

five behaviors of a cohesive team triangle conflict disc partnersENGAGING IN HEALTHY CONFLICT

Conflict is naturally uncomfortable, but productive conflict focused on concepts and ideas is essential for any great team to grow. When teams have a foundation of vulnerability-based trust, conflict simply becomes an attempt to find the best possible solution in the shortest period of time.

Commitment

five behaviors of a cohesive team triangle commitment disc partnersBUYING IN ON DECISIONS

Commitment is clarity around decisions, not consensus. With commitment, teams move forward with complete buy-in from every team member – including those who may initially disagree.

Accountability

five behaviors of a cohesive team triangle accountability disc partnersHOLDING TEAM MEMBERS ACCOUNTABLE

It’s easy to avoid difficult conversations, but calling out peers on performance or behaviors that might hurt the team is essential to productivity. By “entering the danger” with one another, team members feel trusted, respected, and responsible for getting things done right.

Results

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FOCUSING ON COLLECTIVE RESULTS

One of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to results. Great teams ensure all members, regardless of their individual responsibilities and areas of expertise, are doing their best to help accomplish team goals.

Success Story

Microsoft Success Story with The Five Behaviors

See how the world’s largest producer of software stays innovative and ahead of the competition. Using The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team as the foundation of their Organizational Capital Program, Microsoft can develop their teamwork, the ultimate competitive advantage.

Cohesive teams work together more efficiently and effectively

The Five Behaviors Model helps team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive team.

A productive, high-functioning team:

  1. Makes better, faster decisions
  2. Taps into skills & opinions of all members
  3. Avoids wasting time and energy on politics, confusion and negative conflict
  4. Creates a competitive advantage
  5. Avoids talking about wrong issues again and again because the lack of buy-in
  6. Is more fun to be on!
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