Workplace Relationships, Professional Development and Trust

Strong and connected workplace relationships is the foundation to our professional development. In business management author Patrick Lencioni’s book, ‘Five Dysfunctions of a Team’, he describes lack of trust as the base of being a strong team. Lencioni describes lack of trust as:

“When team members are reluctant to be vulnerable with one another and are unwilling to admit their mistakes, weaknesses or needs for help. Without a certain comfort level among team members, a foundation of trust is impossible. If you don’t have trust within and across your team, it is hard to get the commitment and accountability you’ll want to the team or task.” 

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How Do We Build Teams?

It might sound strange to start with the skill of building and maintaining strong and connected workplace relationships as the foundation…but if we don’t have strong team relationships, we’ll have a hard time building the trust we need. 

Now more than ever as we’re continuing to practice physical distancing, is it important to include some deliberate team structure to nurture positive and strong team relationships. 

At Summit, we have different virtual professional development workshops to help you do that. Strength Deployment Inventory, Emotional Intelligence, MBTI or  Virtual Team Development

We are here to support you and give you tools you need to build the strong relationships on your team. 


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We have several newly adapted virtual professional development workshops that can help you not only to understand yourself and your teammates better but give you language and strategies to help you build a strong foundation of virtual workplace relationships. 

In our current reality we are starting to gain some small physically distant in person interactions, but they are limited, and many have adapted to a virtual workspace…at least for now. Even more reasons to be pro-active about bridging the challenge it can present for the team to be a strong, connected, virtual team. 

Please contact us to strategize how we can facilitate relationship and trust building within your team.