Fundamental #4 Embracing Accountability
Transcript Fundamental #4 Embracing Accountability
(Marchelle) Max Gage
Gage Training & Consulting
ATW Training & Consulting
*Based on the works of Patrick Lencioni
(Marchelle) Max Gage
◦ Full time training consultant
◦ Independent training consultant
◦ Adjunct instructor—Drake
Understand the behaviors
that most commonly derail
Appreciate the “Five
Dysfunctions of a Team”
◦ Review instructions
◦ Think of your current team, or the team you spend
most time with
◦ Use scale (1-3) in rating
◦ Complete individually
Transfer scores to scoring sheet
Be prepared to share scores
This is a “benchmark”—not a report card!
◦ Strengths/areas for improvement
◦ Tool to help us decide on changes we want to make
As you look at your scores, where are you…
◦ Needing improvement
◦ Let’s start with “trust”—it is the foundation for
building a team.
Members of great teams trust one another on
a fundamental, emotional level, and they are
comfortable being vulnerable with each other
about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and
They get to a point where they can be
completely open with one another, without
Be prepared to answer questions
◦ Where did you grow up? What was it like to live
◦ What was your first job? Your worst job?
Each person has 3-4 minutes to share
responses to questions
What did you learn about your colleagues that
you did not know?
How can this help your team?
How could you implement with your team?
Trust is the foundation of teamwork.
• On a team, trust is all about vulnerability,
which is difficult for most people.
• Building trust takes time, but the process
can be greatly accelerated.
• Like a good relationship, trust on a team is
never complete; it must be maintained over
What do you know about yourself that might
affect your perception of and ability to
engage in conflict?
What was the conflict environment in your
home while you were growing up? Were there
spirited conversations, or did you family
avoid difficult conversations?
Teams that trust one another are not afraid to
engage in passionate dialogue around issues
and decisions that are key to the
They do not hesitate to disagree with,
challenge, and question one another, all in
the spirit of finding the best answers,
discovering the truth, and making great
People’s viewpoints on, and comfort levels
with conflict differ!
It’s important for a team to understand how
individual members view and deal with
conflict, so a conflict culture that everyone
can understand can be established.
In what geographic area were you raised?
What conflict style was accepted and
What professional experiences have
influenced your ability to engage in unfiltered
What did you learn about your colleagues’
background and experience with conflict that
you did not know?
How might this information affect your
team’s ability to engage in meaningful
Provide clarity about how we expect each to
engage in discussion and debate in the
◦ What kind of language and tone of voice should
be used in meaningful conflict situations?
◦ What emotions should be evident? What
emotions should be suppressed?
◦ To what extent should team members be involved
and participate in the conflict?
◦ What other expectations do you have?
Good conflict among team members requires
trust, which is all about engaging in passionate,
• Conflict will at times be uncomfortable.
• Conflict norms must be discussed and made
clear among the team.
• The fear of conflict should not deter a team
from having regular, meaningful, productive
Teams that engage in unfiltered conflict are
able to achieve genuine buy-in around
important decisions, even when various
members of the team initially disagree.
That is because they ensure that all opinions
and ideas are put on the table and
considered, giving confidence to team
members that no stone has been left
A Thematic Goal is a single overriding theme
that remains the top priority of the entire
team for a give period of time.
Write down your answer to this question:
◦ What do you think is the single most important goal
to achieve during the next _______ months if our
team is to consider itself successful?
Defining Objectives (to support thematic goal)
Stand Operating Objectives (always important, do not
Principles that your team agree to:
◦ The structure and schedule for meetings
◦ Acceptable behavior during meetings
◦ The extent to which being on time to meetings is a priority
◦ The preferred methods (email, text, etc.) for
communicating with one another and the norms around
how to use each method
◦ The timeliness of responding to one another
◦ The use of shared resources
The level of freedom we have when interacting with one
◦ The extent to which we will be available during non-work
hours for meetings or to answer questions
Commitment requires clarity and buy-in.
• Clarity requires that teams avoid
assumptions and ambiguity, and that they
end discussions with a clear understanding
about what they’ve decided on.
• Buy-in does not require consensus— team
members can disagree and still commit to
Teams that commit to decisions and
standards of performance do not hesitate to
hold one another accountable for adhering to
those decision and standards.
What’s more, they don’t rely on the team
leader as the primary source of
accountability, they go directly to their peers.
*Development Dimensions International
“During our departmental meeting yesterday (Situation), I saw
you roll your eyes, frown, and roll back your chair away from
the table when Roberta offered her suggestions on the
project (Action). When you did this, I felt you were not open
to what she had to say and may have caused her to feel less
valued as a contributor.” (Result)
Next time when you disagree with what Roberta has to say,
capture your thoughts on paper and refrain from moving
away from the table (Alternative Action). She will be able to
complete her thoughts and then we can listen to your
perspective (Alternative Result).
Used at beginning of regular meetings
Ask team members to each take no more
than 30 seconds to update the team about
their 3 top priorities that week.
If anyone on the team feels that a given
team member is spending time unwisely, or
that there is greater need for a person’s
time and energy to another area, this is the
place to call the question.
**Assumes a level of trust, openness to
conflict, and original commitment to the
Accountability on strong teams occurs directly
• Peer pressure and distaste of letting down
colleagues will motivate a team player more than
fear of punishment or rebuke.
For a culture of accountability to thrive, the team
leader must demonstrate willingness to confront
Teams that trust one another, engage in
conflict, commit to decisions, and hold one
another accountable, are very likely to set
aside their individual needs and agendas
and focus almost exclusively on what is
best for the team.
They do not give in to the temptation to
place their departments, career aspirations,
or ego-drive status ahead of the collective
results that define team success.
Stay focused on the right priorities—
your collective results—so that you
aren’t distracted by something else.
Our Thematic Goal
◦ How will we know when we have reached our
◦ What are some ways in which we can track progress
toward our goal?
◦ What kind of “scorecard” will help us stay focused
on the goal and able to see our progress?
Great teams accomplish the results they
set out to achieve.
• Team members must prioritize the team’s
collective results over individual (or
• Teams must publicly clarify desired results
and keep them visible.