The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team™

"Patrick Lencioni is one of the ten new gurus you should know."
Fortune Magazine

Teamwork — The Single Most Untapped
Competitive Advantage.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal:

To facilitate a learning experience that helps professionals and their organizations discover what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team. The Five Behaviors profile, which provides both individual and team feedback, is grounded in the model described in The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, the internationally best-selling leadership fable by Patrick Lencioni.


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With this program, participants will learn how, as a team,  they score on the key components of the model: trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results. Additionally, the program is powered by Everything DiSC®, a model that helps individuals to understand themselves and others better. Using these results, participants will be able to create a better, stronger team.

We use experiential activities, videos, and discussions to work with your team to lead them through the powerful The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team model where they will be learning and practicing the behaviors that will make the team more cohesive and improve its performance.

Customer-Centric Product Development

We like to think that our product development process is the secret to our success.  We research, we storyboard, we build a full working prototype, we get extensive workshop feedback (from actual participants going through a program), and then… we start over again. .The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team grew out of a decade-long relationship with Patrick Lencioni and his colleagues at The Table Group.  During our development process, we extensively tested and refined the program with more than 300 teams and 3,500 team members

Assessment Validation

At the end of the day, the participant has to agree with his or her results.  And while most assessments in our industry are just tested for internal reliability, we take it a few steps further.  We look at things like test-retest (the stability of the tool), the correlations with other respected instruments, the correlations with outside observer ratings, and the correlations with actual work behavior. It’s a big investment, but we do it because this information is what allows us to refine the assessment and make sure we are getting the participant the most accurate results possible.

Who is the program designed for?

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team assessment and accompanying material is designed for an intact team. Before choosing this program, consider the questions: Is the team really a TEAM? A team is a relatively small number of people (from three to twelve) who meet on a regular basis and are collectively responsible for results. The team members share common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them. Not every group is a team.


  • Module 1: Introduction:
    Introduces The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model
  • Module 2: Building Trust:
    Teaches the concept of vulnerability-based trust
  • Module 3: Mastering Conflict:
    Helps participants understand the benefits of healthy conflict
  • Module 4: Achieving Commitment:
    Shows how clarity and buy-in are key to achieving commitment
  • Module 5: Embracing Accountability:
    Stresses the importance of peer-to-peer accountability
  • Module 6: Focusing on Results:
    Emphasizes that collective results are more important than individual goals
  • Module 7: Review and Action Plan:
    Allows participants to review what they’ve learned and to create an action plan to improve the team’s productivity


  • 36-page highly personalized assessment results for individual and team
  • Strong visuals illustrate key messages
  • Context-specific feedback
  • Tips and strategies for improving teamwork effectiveness
  • Opportunity for building an action plan


The report is a copy of the team profile with the following notations:

  • Expanded explanation of profile content
  • Scoring interpretation
  • Resources for additional information
  • Indicators of personalized/tailored content

In addition, an appendix includes a ranking of all assessment items by team average and the team’s percentile for each of The Five Behaviors.

Over 40 Minutes of Classroom Video:

  • Wrong-Way/Right-Way Videos: 10 segments of contemporary teamwork examples—one right way and one wrong way example for each of The Five Behaviors—to spark learning and generate powerful conversations that serve as a basis for further action
  • Featuring Patrick Lencioni: In his engaging personal style, Pat describes The Five Behaviors and why they matter for cohesive teams, illustrates the conflict continuum, and explains how to conduct the Personal Histories exercise and why it’s valuable.
  • The Models: clips that introduce and explain The Five Behaviors Model and the Everything DiSC® model

Pick and choose clips that fit your needs.  Use video clips as stand-alones, integrated with the standard presentation, or worked in to your custom presentation.

Nearly 50 Minutes of Additional Video

These clips provide additional information for the facilitator, including tips for facilitation, more explanation and stories for each of the five behaviors, and specific guidance for working with team leaders.

A Participant Orientation Video

This optional video serves as a preamble to taking the assessment, briefly describing the assessment and providing pointers for the participants about taking the assessment..

Note: This program is also available for Internal HR and Trainers to facilitate!

This workshop is best facilitated over 2 consecutive days.

CALL Darke & Associates at 612-866-0692 to learn more.




"We have used this book to transform our culture and our bottom line."Donnie Smith, CEO, Tyson Foods

"The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a foundational part of our training and leadership development."Gary Kelly, CEO,Southwest Airlines

"Mr. Lencioni delivers real-world practicality."The Wall Street Journal