The Five Disciplines of High Performing Teams

Many teams are good at one of these, very few are good at all five.

As you watch the video and review the diagram and notes below, take a moment to ask yourself:

  • Where are your team’s strengths across the five disciplines?
  • As a leader, how can you know where to direct your attention?

1. Commissioning

Why are we here and who cares?

Are we clear about what our stakeholders are requiring from us? Commission is all about understanding WHY we are here, and this is determined by the stakeholders that we work with.

2. Clarifying

What exactly is this team? What is our identity and shared purpose?

Receiving a clear commission from your stakeholder/s is not enough. A great team creates its own sense of collective endeavour- what are we here to achieve that we can’t achieve by working in parallel as individuals?

3. Co-creating

How are we going to work together to make this happen?

HOW do we work together in a way that is generative? How do we have meetings where we are not just exchanging pre-cooked thoughts, but we’re generating new thinking that none of us had before we came into the room?

4. Connecting

How are we engaged with one another?

Great teams aren’t just ones that have great meetings; great teams are as much about what we do when we’re not together as when we are together. How do I, as part of a team, carry the sense of the whole team with me and not just my function?

5. Core learning

How do we grow and learn collectively?

How does the whole team develop and learn, not just the individuals within it? How does a team take time out to reflect on its development? To ask how does it grow its collective capacity? And how does it become a source of individual stretch and development for its members?

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