Create a Cohesive Team

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“Creating a cohesive team is the starting point for long-term sustainable results and, frankly, everything else of lasting significance you want to accomplish as a leader.”

–Mark Kenny, Chief Hippo

The Model

Based on the bestselling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, our model has been used by thousands of teams to improve efficiency, increase productivity, and build cohesion.  We help your teams succeed by helping them implement this model.

Behavior #1: Trust One Another

When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with one another, it forms a safe environment that creates and builds vulnerability-based trust.

Behavior #2: Engage in Conflict Around Ideas

With trust, team members are able to engage in unfiltered, constructive debate of ideas.

Behavior #3: Commit to Decisions

When team members are able to offer opinions and debate ideas, they feel heard and respected, and will be more likely to commit to decisions.

Behavior #4: Hold One Another Accountable

Once everyone is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.

Behavior #5: Focus on Achieving Collective Results

The ultimate goal is the achievement of results, unlocked through implementing the model’s principles of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, and Accountability.

What Results Can I Expect?

The goal of improved team effectiveness is better results.  That is why the team exists in the first place.  Results mean something different to everyone:

  • Growing the company through market growth
  • Getting to market faster
  • Gaining efficiencies to improve the bottom line
  • Improving customer service or quality
  • Achieving critical deadlines
  • Changing the world for good

Whatever your definition, the key to achieving and sustaining them is a team that is highly effective, highly productive, and highly cohesive.  Those teams exhibit these characteristics:


Team members are fully committed to the collective goals of the team, even if they did not initially agree with the team's direction.


People and departments work together towards collective goals instead of competing or prioritizing their own work.


100% of time and energy is spent on topics that matter instead of wasting time on the wrong issues or revisiting the same issues over and over again.


Team members engage in passionate debate with all ideas on the table in order to find and commit to the best solution.


Team members hold each other accountable for collective results.


Every person understands why their work matters and how they fit into the company’s strategy.


Teams make better, faster decisions instead of getting mired down in ambiguity or watered-down decisions.


The team is engaging and fun to be on.

Success Stories

How do I get there?

While every team’s situation is different and the path to building a cohesive team can vary, the proven elements to creating a cohesive team are:

Our consultants will spend time to help you identify what actions are appropriate for your situation to improve your team’s effectiveness.

Online Team Assessment

Take an online team assessment to measure how well your team is exhibiting The Five Behaviors and identify what action is needed for your team to improve effectiveness.

Team Offsite or Retreat

Take your entire team through The Five Behaviors process, review how it currently exhibits the behaviors, and take action to improve team effectiveness.

Team Progress Reports

Take periodic progress reports to both integrate new team members and assess how well your team is implementing The Five Behaviors.

Training and Coaching Sessions

Leverage informal and formal training and coaching sessions to build a long-term sustainable culture of team effectiveness.

Comparison Reports

Comparison reports help team members identify problem areas and how they can work better with each other.

More Solutions

Build a Team Culture

Train everyone in the organization on The Five Behaviors model to build a culture of teamwork and results.

Book a Keynote

Book our highly interactive leadership experience and teach everyone how to build cohesive teams.

Purchase Resources

Purchase team assessments, facilitation kits, and other resources to support your own implementation.

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