Monthly Archives: March 2015

In All Honesty: Can Your Team Trust You?

The concept of “trust” within our workplace teams means much more than just expecting someone else on the team to get something done on time.

Healthy trust among colleagues takes time to achieve. It grows from the ups & downs of shared experiences, the willingness to connect in meaningful ways, honest on-going communication and positive, engaged collaboration that brings desired results. And the foundation is a sincere appreciation of each other, our unique differences and the acknowledgment that we each bring great value to the team effort.

So where do you stand with your team? Start with an honest self-assessment using these questions. Next, move on to soliciting input from your team. How would they answer these questions? Now you are ready to make some behavioral changes starting with simply letting others know you more.

  1. Do people know you well at work?
  2. Do your team members feel “safe” with you?
  3. Can they be themselves, showing their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths?
  4. Do they gravitate to you at work or networking events, sharing what’s important to them both professionally and personally?
  5. Bottom line . . . do they “know, like and respect” you?

Give yourself time to build this relationship. It’s very subtle but very powerful. The difference between a mediocre performing team and a high performing team is all about trust.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, CA, 2002.

Once again, this unique book has been mentioned in one of my advanced executive coaching classes. So I recently bought it and have found myself saying out loud every couple of pages “This is so true!” Lencioni is right on target!

Lencioni has created a simple but powerful fable (that we all can identify with) about the chaos and ripple effect of broken teams in today’s work world. Genuine healthy teamwork is rare in our professional or even in our personal lives despite everyone’s best intentions. Lencioni tells us what to do about it and why we need to do it. And. if you like this book, watch for my April e-newsletter for a review of Lencioni’s newest book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, 2012.

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