Team Discovery is an Authorized Partner of THE FIVE BEHAVIORS OF A COHESIVE TEAM™ which is an assessment-based learning experience. It helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible. Powered by Everything DiSC®, the profiles help participants understand their own DiSCS® styles. Bringing together everyone’s personalities and preferences to form a cohesive, productive team takes work, but the payoff can be huge—for individuals, the team, and the organization.
what makes a cohesive team?
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 we have created a team development program 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.
Productive individuals thrive on teams that are based on trust—the foundation of The Five Behaviors™ model. In this program, teams discover how to view vulnerability as an opportunity for strengthening relationships among their teammates.
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION OF A COHESIVE TEAM
Trust 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.
ENGAGING 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.
BUYING 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.
HOLDING 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 zone” with one another, team members feel trusted, respected, and responsible for getting things done right.
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.
Patrick Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of ten books that have sold over four million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. Recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of America’s most sought after business speakers, he has addressed millions of people at conferences and events worldwide over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.
The Five Behaviors Of A Cohesive Team™ Powered By Everything DiSC®
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Powered by Everything DiSC® helps teams understand how to apply The Five Behaviors™ model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results to their work culture. By utilizing Everything DiSC, a tool that helps build effective team communication and relationships, this program allows participants to learn about their own DiSC style —D: Dominance, i: Influence, S: Steadiness, and C: Conscientiousness — and discover how each style brings value to the team.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal: To facilitate a learning experience that helps professionals and their organizations discover what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team. The Five Behaviors™ profile, which provides both individual and team feedback, is grounded in the model described in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, the internationally best-selling leadership fable by Patrick Lencioni. With this program, participants will learn how, as a team, they score on the key components of the model: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results. Additionally, the program is powered by Everything DiSC® and All Types™, personality
CUSTOMER-CENTRIC PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
We like to think that our product development process is the secret to our success. We research, we storyboard, we build a full working prototype, we get extensive workshop feedback (from actual participants going through a program), and then… we start over again. And for each product, we do this until we get it right. It’s hard, but we do this because it’s the only way to ensure that the learner experience is as powerful as it can be. We are radically customer-focused every step of the way.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team grew out of a decade-long relationship with Patrick Lencioni and his colleagues at The Table Group. During our development process, we extensively tested and refined the program with more than 300 teams and 3,500 team members.
At the end of the day, the participant has to agree with his or her results. And while most assessments in our industry are just tested for internal reliability, we take it a few steps further. We look at things like test-retest (the stability of the tool), the correlations with other respected instruments, the correlations with outside observer ratings, and the correlations with actual work behavior. It’s a big investment, but we do it because this information is what allows us to refine the assessment and make sure we are getting the participant the most accurate results possible. Getting the assessment right is our very first job.
WHO IS THE PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR?
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team assessment and accompanying material is designed for an intact team. Before choosing this program, consider the questions: Is the team really a TEAM? A team is a relatively small number of people (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. For example, a group that appears to be a team might simply be a collection of people who report to the same manager, but who have relatively little interdependence and mutual accountability. If a group does not meet the criteria of a true team, this process is unlikely to produce the results they expect.
THIS COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM INCLUDES:PROFILE
- 36-page highly personalized assessment results for individual and team
- Strong visuals that illustrate key messages
- Context-specific feedback
- Tips and strategies for improving teamwork effectiveness
- Opportunity for building an action plan
View sample:The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Sample Profile
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Progress Report is for teams who have already taken the original The Five Behaviors™ assessment. The Progress Report measures team progress by graphically comparing how a team's performance changed over time.
The Progress Report highlights areas of greatest improvement and decline, offers productive points of discussion, and provides an action plan to help teams prioritize and set specific goals. You'll be able to compare how a team’s performance has changed over time and highlight areas of greatest improvement and of greatest decline.
- The Team’s Survey Results
- Points of Discussion
- Action Plan
- Identify the team’s priorities for improvements
- Set specific goals
- The Impact of Your DiSC® Style
- Everything DiSC® Team Map
- Conflict Team Map
Who is it for?
Any team that was a good candidate for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ assessment is qualified for The Progress Report 6–12 months after taking The Five Behaviors assessment. You may choose to review the section on assessing a team’s readiness in the Getting Started Guide in your facilitation kit in order to make sure the team is still a good fit.
Why should I use this tool? How will it help my team?
“Teamwork ultimately comes down to practicing a small set of principles over a long period of time.” —Patrick Lencioni
The Five Behaviors program is a framework that helps team members have deeper conversations about how they work together on a day-to-day basis. It’s a program that is rich enough for a team to come back to again and again. The Progress Report is designed especially to show a team how its behaviors have changed as compared to the last time the team was assessed. In addition to showing the improvements on the team, the report outlines challenges that may be hindering further development.
What are the best practices for using this tool?
- Before using this tool, you should give team members enough time to implement the action plans they committed to when they began this process. We recommend waiting 6–12 months after they take the original assessment before measuring their progress.
- Keep in mind, once you run a Progress Report, every report run after that is compared to the previous Progress Report—not the original report.
- Look at the numbers in addition to the colors in the pyramid to gauge improvement because the colors only tell part of the story. Keep in mind that lower scores don’t necessarily mean things are getting worse; people may be more honest when answering the questions the second time around, which could make some scores go down.
- Review the model with the team before you hand out the report. As soon as the team members get the report in their hands, they’ll go straight to the numbers, so you’ll want to emphasize that the report is designed to serve as a conversation starter about where the team is and where it wants to be.
When do I use the Progress Report versus starting over?
If a team has a new leader, we recommend the team re-take the original Five Behaviors assessment. Additionally, if more than 40% of the team has changed since the original assessment was administered, we recommend re-administering the assessment and having the team create new action plans for improvement. Then in 6–12 months, you could administer The Progress Report and assess the team’s progress.
How long should I plan for a Progress Report session?
A typical engagement would likely last 2–4 hours; however, the timing will depend on your goals as the facilitator and the needs of the team.
What do I do when a new member joins the team?
If one or two people have joined the team since the original assessment was completed, you will still be able to add their data to The Progress Report. These members will have a longer assessment experience, as they will need to take the DiSC portion of the assessment to receive their DiSC narrative and to be included on the DiSC Team Map and Conflict Map. These team members will answer questions about the team and will receive their own Progress Report. You also have the option to import DiSC data from any Everything DiSC assessment into The Progress Report. You may want to recommend new team members read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in order to give them a deeper understanding of the model. Alternatively, you could meet separately to bring new team members up to speed prior to any engagement with the whole team.
Does each team member receive an individual report?
Yes, each team member will receive a personalized report. This report includes the person’s DiSC style and narrative from the original report in addition to outlining team progress. It also includes the updated DiSC Team Map and Conflict Team Map.
How do I get trained to use the Progress Report?
We encourage you to take The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Facilitator Accreditation course.
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