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The Five Behaviours

Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team

We began coaching and working with individuals and this remains the foundation of much of our work to enhance a person’s effectiveness, success and satisfaction. However, it wasn’t long before we realised that coaching and facilitation of teams can have a disproportionate impact of the success of an organisation. How many of us have seen leadership teams that are divided, lack basic trust and fail to pull in the same direction. If that happens to be an Executive Committee leading an organisation, it can disastrous for investors, the clients and the employees.

We were huge fans of Patrick Lencioni’s book, ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’, and used his well-known model as part of our team coaching offering back in 2012, the year after we were founded. Then to our delight, Wiley, in collaboration with Patrick Lencioni, developed the online questionnaire and resources for the ‘The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team’.

The Five Behaviours are based on an understanding of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results. This model can be used for specific team development or for broader building a culture of teamwork.

When used with an intact team, The Five Behaviours questionnaire provides data and personalised reports for all members of the team including their own DiSC personality profile (and that of team members) to enable the team to understand the dynamics and characteristics of their team.

We have been using the questionnaire with teams at all levels in the organisation ever since. The model is simple, logical and effective. It can be used to underpin the development of an Executive Team leading an organisation, a functional leadership team or as part of a workshop supporting the development of a front-line team in any function. It can now be used to build a broader culture of teamwork in larger groups and workshops.

We can provide everything from basic introductory workshops to more bespoke team facilitation and development. When working with senior teams we work closely with the Team Leader, interview members of the team and undertake stakeholder analysis to establish the purpose of the team and who is impacted by its’ activities. We integrate the information from the Five Behaviours with the real-world activities, goals and objectives of the team.