Ep.01 Are My People Healthy?

August 5, 2020 / Justin Anderson, Ilona Trofimovich

In this episode, Ilona and Justin explore how we can assess whether our teams, groups, and people are healthy. Using Patrick Lencioni’s leadership fable, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, they offer a framework to identify potential relational and team dysfunctions. Does your team have the trust necessary to tackle the obstacles that await you in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic? Are your people willing to engage in hard conversations? What’s a stake if you don’t learn to hold one another accountable?

Ideas We Highlight:

  • Why trust is the root issue in relational dysfunctions
  • The importance of healthy conflict and how it helps clarify your team’s mission
  • How ambiguity and avoidance leads to unachieved goals



Assess Your Team’s Health And Respond To Unhealth

  • Pick up a copy of Lencioni’s book and complete the dysfunction assessment in the back of the book to get a baseline understanding of your team’s health.

  • Take some time to reflect on how your individual actions lead to an increase or decrease in health on your team. Write down your specific answers: How are you building trust with others? How are you modeling healthy conflict? How are you promoting clarity so people can commit to the team? How are you holding people accountable to the agreed upon expectations, and how do you measure the results of the team?

  • If you notice dysfunctions, schedule time with your team to discuss what you have observed, and apply some of Lencioni’s practices that seem most applicable to your team’s needs.