Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Creating a Strong Family Team

Imagine an orchestra. Think of how all those many different types of instruments all work together to play beautiful music. Everyone is in harmony and the music flows with grace and ease. It sounds so nice only because each musician has learned to work with the others, together to create something much bigger than anything they could do by themselves. Now imagine how unpleasant it would be if each musician tried to play that same piece of music without paying attention to the director or what the other musicians were doing. Imagine if they just decided to do it all on their own, without any input. It would not be as pretty. In fact, it would sound down right bad!

Families often find themselves stretched very thin, trying to just make it through the day. It's all too easy to fall out of harmony, with each family member trudging through as best they can, forgetting how much easier, more beautiful (and more fun) life would be if thy lived as a team.

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni has identified five essential ingredients in an effective team. Effective teams:
  1. Trust each other
  2. Are ok with conflict
  3. Commit to decisions and actions
  4. Hold each other accountable
  5. Maintain their focus
In the next blog post, we will look more into the first critical component Lencioni has identified - trust, and discuss what it looks like when families don't have trust and how to foster trust!
By Heather Remer, INCAF

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