At Albu Consulting, our goal is to establish strategy management as a core organizational capability and the right kind of accountability can help drive strategy execution and the achievement of the company’s vision. To assist our clients to achieve and exceed their strategic objectives, we have partnered with Wiley’s program The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, created with Patrick Lencioni from his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Why is this important? Because working collaboratively with others is an essential ingredient to successful strategy execution.
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team methodology is made up of five building blocks: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results. Following this logic, if team members Trust each other, they can be comfortable expressing their opinions through frank and honest Conflict. That open dialogue leads to Commitment, which then gives team members permission to hold each other Accountable. A productive, high functioning team has a lot of upside because they will:
1. Make better, faster decisions,
2. Tap into the skills and opinions of all members.
3. Avoid wasting time and energy on destructive conflict.
4. Achieve the results they want.
Where we have seen accountability at work, the results have been remarkable. Our goal in establishing strategy execution as an organizational competency is to help our clients achieve the kind of collaborative business environment that will drive the achievement of the full value of their strategy. Are you striving to build a collaborative team that holds one another accountable? What challenges or successes have you experienced? We would like to hear your stories.
“The best kind of accountability on a team is peer-to-peer. Peer pressure is more efficient and effective than going to the leader, anonymously complaining, and having them stop what they are doing to intervene.” Patrick Lencioni