Patrick Lencioni wrote one of the most well-known books on team building and functioning and called it The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Now, how Eden Lost is that title?! But the truth is, dysfunction has become more natural for us than functioning. Sigh. Please pass the brownies.
He builds a pyramid from the most crucial, the system CANNOT work if you don’t have this, up to the cherry on the top of functioning. And it will come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that “Absence of trust” is the number one dysfunction of teams. He nicknames this one invulnerability.
If there isn’t trust, there cannot be healthy functioning. It’s that simple, that complex, and that maddening.
Here are the verbs Lencioni uses to describe when lack of trust is present: Conceal, hesitate, fail to recognize, and dread.
Yup, that about covers it.
He also mentions that members of trusting teams
- Admit weaknesses and mistakes
- Ask for help
- Appreciate and tap into one another’s skills and experiences
- Offer and accept apologies without hesitation
- Look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work as a group
So, trust isn’t about having it all together and never making mistakes. Mistakes can be made without it being sin. I think Eden still had mistakes – but when they were surrounded by trust the mistakes didn’t result in sin.
In Eden we can trust people with pieces of information, news that isn’t to be spread, a secret, or a piece of your story. Isn’t that a breath of fresh air?
If you are in a position now where you are wise to mistrust someone, I get it, I really do. Mistrust may be part of our temporary state, but we were made for better waters and someday we’ll swim in them!
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