Episode 10: A Foundation of Trust - Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In this episode, Jimmy and Patty sit down for their first episode in their summer season of Increasing Our Vulnerability. They are beginning their discussion by talking about the importance of vulnerability to build trust. They go through a highly influential model called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to illustrate the importance of vulnerability and trust.

5 Dysfunctions Handout

Summer Reading List

5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Dare to Lead

Good to Great


Increasing Our Vulnerability

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  • Remaining humble and centered

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team —  Triangle Diagram.

In Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he outlines his model of what it takes to have and maintain healthy teams. 

He teaches what he believes a healthy team looks like, by telling a story of how a team went from being unhealthy to healthy. 

He also uses the diagram at the right, to illustrate how an unhealthy team usually has 5 dysfunctional tendencies that cause them to be unhealthy. 

Starting at the base of the triangle and then moving upward is a pathway to restoring health and functionality to any team, no matter how far gone they may be. 

This book has applications both for business and for churches. It has applications both in church leadership and in the congregation. Especially in families of churches like my own personal tradition, where the church has a large percentage of members who are considered actively engaged in the church. 

As many in the ICOC know that the word church in the New Testament comes from the Greek word ekklēsia, and ekklēsia in the greek means, “a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place; an assembly.” (Blue Letter Bible) 

***See the full blue letter bible article on the Greek word ekklēsia here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1577&t=KJV

So, just like there can be an ekklēsia of Christians, there can also be an ekklēsia of soccer players, an ekklēsia of bowling players, or an ekklēsia of any people called out for some common purpose. 

In this way, a company can function in many ways similar to a church. Except that for an ekklēsia of Christians are called out because of Jesus (hopefully), and an ekklēsia of a company are called out to do the business of that company. 

An Upside Down Triangle

Most churches in my experience try to lead their congregations by flipping the triangle upside down. They of course do not realize that this is what they are doing, but this is how it typically goes. 

  1. Results First:
  2. Inappropriate Accountability: 
  3. No Lasting Commitment: 
  4. Unhealthy Conflict:
  5. Absence of Trust - Performance Based:


The absence of trust is so important that we are going to be talking about the base of the triangle during some future episodes. It is the single most important thing to be addressed in any church, and it must continually be addressed. Trust is something that takes a long time to build and can be destroyed in a moment. So it is something that must be built up continuously.  

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Episode 10 C.O.W. (A Foundation of Trust)


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Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Summer Reading List - Book 1 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni is a highly influential book on leadership, and its concepts have timeless truths for churches everywhere. It is told mostly in narrative form, and it is a very easy read.

This is the number one book on our summer reading list, during our season of increasing our vulnerability.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. 

Summer Reading List - Book 2 

Dare to Lead, by Berne Brown, is a great and sobering look at the need for vulnerability in every area of our lives. This is especially true in our church traditions as well, where all too often we fail to lead with vulnerability.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Summer Reading List - BONUS BOOK 

Good to Great, by Jim Collins, is a great look into what makes a good company great. He argues that in today's fast-paced and competitive market that it is not enough for a company to be simply a good company. To remain competitive they must be a great company.

Deeper Dives

Okay this section is for deeper dives. Here we will be recommending a variety of resources that we could not fit into the podcast. Some were mentioned on the podcast and some were not mentioned at all. They are videos, other podcasts, online classes, and other ramblings that Patty would not let Jimmy bring onto the podcast otherwise it would be a four hour show.


Also all promised handouts should be found here.


Dive in!

Brene Brown on Vulnerability

Check out some Brene Brown goodness for the inner shame researcher inside of you. Also, she currently has a Netflix special called, Brene Brown: A Call to Courage.

Underpants Gnomes Clip

The famous underpants gnome business strategy is strangely reminiscent of many teams I have worked with that have failed to have clear and consistent goals.

Ten whole minutes of the underpants gnomes theme song to brighten your day.