Building a Healthy Functioning Team


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  • Review of further research: Patrick Lencioni’s model for a functional team.
  • The five criterion for a healthy functioning team are (1) shows presence of trust; (2) engages healthy conflict; (3) commits to vision; (4) hold to accountability and (5) focuses on results. All these criterion need to be present among team members for healthy team functioning, although these criterion develop at different rates. The process is very fluid due to the nature of the interaction of the human spirit with the external environment. Further, with the addition of each new team member, they dynamics can change.
  • Mind maps visually represent a way to guide our destination in learning a concept. When you mind map you draw connection of ideas and thoughts to show key elements and relationships
  • Look at this map to see how Lencioni’s work for trends and application for right practice in a church environment. Although not exhaustive, this mind map provides an initial glimpse into teaming praxis.TRENDS:A sticky team is Spirit led. God’s Spirit is the glue that makes it stick. In a healthy functioning team, members seek God and stay in His presence for His guidance.A sticky team understands that its fundamental purpose is to accomplish the God’s vision. The team is the Church, and thus, is sent for the purpose of mission (Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8).APPLICATION:Shows Presence of TrustLencioni states that trusting teams “(1) admit weaknesses and mistakes; (2) ask for help; (3) Accept questions and input about their areas of responsibility; (4) giving each other benefit of the doubt; (5) take risks for feedback and assistance; (6) appreciate and tap into each other’s skills and experiences; (7) Focus time and energy on important issues, not politics; (8) offer and accept apologies without hesitation and (9) look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work in a group” (2002, p. 197).Orthopraxy Forgiveness (Eph 4:12)Edify one another (Rom 14:19)Pray for each other (Jas 5:16)Restores (Gal 6:1-3)Three-fold cord (Eccl 4:12)Engages Healthy ConflictIn terms of engaging in healthy conflict “(1) have lively, interesting meetings; (2) extract and exploit the ideas of all team members; (3) Solve real problems quickly; (4) minimize politics and (5) put critical topics on the table for discussion” (2002, p. 204).Orthopraxy To heads are better than one (Eccl 4:12)Quick to listen, slow to judge and slow to anger (Jas 1:19)Be a peacemaker (Matt 5:9)Communicate love (John 13:34)Commits to the VisionAccording to Lencioni, a team that commits “(1) creates clarity around direction and priorities; (2) aligns the entire team around common objectives; (3) develops an ability to learn from mistakes; (4) moves forward without hesitation; (5) and changes direction without hesitation or guilt” (2002, p. 209).OrthopraxyUnity to vision (Eph 4:13; Phil 2:2)Learning culture (2 Cor 2:2)AccountabilityLencioni states that when a team is accountable, it “(1) ensures that poor performers feel pressure to improve; (2) identifies potential problems quickly by questioning one another’s approaches without hesitation; (3) establishing respect among team members who are held to the same high standards and (4) avoids excessive bureaucracy around performance management and corrective action” (2002, p. 214).OrthopraxyTouch not my anointed (Ps 105:15)Do not slander (Jas 4:11)Bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2)Focused on ResultsThe last criterion for a functional team is focused on results, which includes (1) retains achievement oriented employees; (2) minimizes individualistic behavior; (3) benefits from individual who subjugate their own goals/interests for the good of the team and (4) avoids distractions (2002, p. 218).OrthopraxyThink of mission as a verb (Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8)
  • Building a Healthy Functioning Team

    1. 1. Jan Paron Building a Healthy Functioning TeamImage: Jan Paron
    2. 2. Sticky teams stick together.That’s their defining trait” (Osborne, 2010, p. 19).
    3. 3. What comes to your mindabout a healthy functioningteam from Larry Osborne’squote?List the three you considermost critical.Debrief.
    4. 4. Research: A Healthy Functioning Team• “Healthy teams have great teamwork” (Osborne, 2010, p. 101).• There’s a willingness to explore & commitment to the vision of the future (Schmidt, 2002).• It practices love by working through conflict (Nelson & Appel, 2000).• A sticky team guards the
    5. 5. Model for a Functional Team Patrick Lencioni (2002) Functional TeamCriterion
    6. 6. Let’s take a more detailed lookat Lencioni’s model for afunctional team…
    7. 7. All criterion work together and support each other… Shows Presence of Trust Functional Engages Healthy Conflict Team Commits to the Vision Holds to AccountabilityCriterion Focuses on Results
    8. 8. Take five to seven minutes andmind map what you believeshows the right practice for eachof Lencioni’s five criterion.Support with Scripture.
    9. 9. Here’s one mind map model…
    10. 10. Reflection:What is the mostsignificant aspect aboutcreating a healthyfunctioning team that youcan bring back to yourministry?
    11. 11. ClosingRelay Prayer:Using Scripture from thisdiscussion, what do you as aleader need to pray in orderfor your team to function in ahealthy manner?Think aboutthanksgiving, repentance, exhortation, spiritual warfareand praise.
    12. 12. ReferencesGangel, K. & Canine. (1992). Communication and conflict management: In church and Christian organizations. Eugene, OR: Wipf & StockLencioni, P. (2002).The five dysfunctions of a team. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.Nelson, A. & Appel, G. (2000). How to change your church without killing it. Nashville, TN: W Publishing.Osborne, L. (2010). Sticky teams. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.Schmidt, W. (2004). Ministry momentum. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing.
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