The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Review

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Working in Teams Reflection

After reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Pat Lencioni, discussing the function of effective teams in class, and completing various team building exercises, I have developed a much better understanding of the importance of a proper team in a business setting and how good team work can produce more efficient and productive results. Having played a variety of team sports throughout my life, I saw a lot of parallels throughout the class work on team building between positive teamwork and success. Reading Five Dysfunctions of a Team and then applying what we learned from the reading into several team building exercise gave me a unique perspective on how to create and identify key team building skills. The absence of trust was the first of the five dysfunctions of team building that was discussed in the book. It was also one with which I had previous life experiences which helped me understand the importance of this dynamic better. My years of playing sports taught me that trust in a team dynamic that is essential for a team, or any organization, to truly work efficiently and effectively. An excellent example of this today is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are considered by many as being one of five most talented teams in the NBA right now. However, based on comments from within the organization and from those familiar with the team, there is a lack of trust in the team dynamic. The result so far is that the Lakers have won less than half their games and if the playoffs started today they would be out of the playoffs. On a personal note, I can reflect on my time playing lacrosse. I was a faceoff midfielder, and in lacrosse it requires the three midfielders working together to be successful. Although I was the one responsible for winning the ball on the face off against my opponent, it is very difficult to do without the help of both wingmen. I thought the ice-breaker game we played where we were blindfolded and...
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