Are you the source of workplace dysfunction?

It’s a question we all should be asking ourselves…really asking ourselves. The truth is, most of us don’t want to be jerks in the workplace, but too many of us just don’t take the time to recognize our bad behaviors.

  • Do you spend more time focusing on your own personal objectives, versus the goals of your team or organization?
  • Do you exhibit the negative behavioral tendencies that are naturally and predictably associated with your personality style (think Everything DiSC or MBTI)?
  • Do you communicate too much via email, text and social media, thus losing “the compassion triggered by eye contact?”
  • If you are surrounded by “backstabbing and selfishness,” do you sometimes find yourself acting in that way too?

In his recent McKinsey Quarterly article, Stanford professor Robert Sutton suggests we all look in the mirror to consider what we are doing to contribute to the dysfunction in our workplace. If you want a gut check, I suggest you give it a read. Teamwork shouldn’t be so elusive afterall.


Brett Cooper

Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways. Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profits serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member and financial sponsor for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).