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1 Powerful Antidote For Dysfunctional Teams



1 Powerful Antidote For Dysfunctional Teams


I’ve worked with dysfunctional teams, family businesses, and business partners that were literally at each other’s throats.

Three Causes of Dysfunction Teams

And what I’ve seen are three dysfunctions.

  1. People don’t feel heard.
  2. People don’t feel respected.
  3. People don’t feel safe.

Causes and Indications of Dysfunctional Teams

5 Dysfunctional Team Behaviors

This leads to 5 dysfunctional team behaviors:

  • No Trust
  • Fear of Conflict
  • ‘Lack of Commitment
  • No Accountability
  • Inattention to Results

I watched business teams shout, insult each other, talk over each other, make fun of each other, use sarcasm, bully the weakest members, or just retreat to silence. 7 Essential People Management Skills For The Rising Business Leader

Just like they did when they were kids.

And, I am never surprised.

Think about it.

The Role of Dysfunctional Families

Psychologist Virginia Satir once said that 96% of families are emotionally dysfunctional.

For example, most families believe that children should be seen and not heard. It’s okay for mom or dad to be angry, but it’s not okay for children to be angry. In fact, angry children are sent away from a dinner table. It is not ok to express feelings, needs, or wants. They are punished for feeling.

Children are expected to be obedient and respectful of their parents even though parents are not required or expected to be respectful to their children.

When you grow up in a culture or household where emotions are evil and bad and you see emotions causing fights.

Do you embrace or do you run from emotions?

You run!

When you grow up in the hypocrisy of respect, where you are expected to obey while you are not heard, listened to, or respected…

Do you learn how to respect yourself enough to respect others?

No way!

When you are shamed for having feelings, do you develop healthy emotional skills?

No way!

You do the opposite to avoid the hurt and pain.

Dysfunctional Families Create Dysfunctional Adults

You see, when you tell a child’s brain the story long enough, it doesn’t become a story anymore. It becomes a belief.

And so children form beliefs that emotions are bad, painful, and hurtful.

They shut down, numb out, and to become emotionally unavailable. It’s the only way they can protect themselves.

They disrespect themselves, feeling deep shame and worthlessness…covered up of course, by becoming a perfectionist, a pleaser, an over-achiever, an addict, or deeply self-absorbed.

This is how the imposter syndrome is created. Imposter Syndrome

And here’s what’s even worse

They are completely unconscious about their inner shame

As a consequence, dysfunctional families produce dysfunctional adults.

And those dysfunctional adults bring all of their dysfunction to work.

Which is why there are dysfunctional teams.

I have learned through that there is an antidote.

The Antidote to Dysfunctional Teams

The antidote is you, the leader.

When you know the real secret to creating safety, deep listening, and respecting your team, the dysfunctional team goes away.


The secret leaders of high performance teams learn is how to listen  people into existence. Leadership With Empathy: 9 Reasons to Develop This Powerful Skill

Superb leaders listen to emotions, rather than words.

When they do this do this, several powerful changes occur in dysfunctional teams.

Trust is established.

People feel safe enough to have robust discussions and differences of opinion that they know will lead to optimum decisions.

People relish accountability and take on personal responsibility. They hold each other accountable for team performance.

People focus on excellence and achievement.

I have deep experience helping leaders turn dysfunctional teams into high performing teams. When they have mastered their personal emotional competency, they are calm and centered. They model exactly the behavior they want from their team. The know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to say it to get what they need from their teams. And, their teams are deeply grateful for their leader’s respect and validation. 4 Essential Verbal Communication Skills For Accomplished Entrepreneurs

Not very leader is ready for this.  I’ve turned down assignments when the dysfunction started with leadership that did not want to grow.

If you gotten this far, you are not one of those.



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