This book discusses the 5 key fundamental problems with teamwork, and hopes to illustrate its concepts with a fictional story. While somewhat interesting and humorous at times, the story was excessively detailed and does not relate to the principles directly. Hence, I could not remain focused on the story.
So many business-related books cannot push our buttons if they do not hit us where we are at the time. This book is no exception. If you are a lone-wolf with a savior complex, this book will never meet a need for you. If you have found that team-leadership is crucial to the long-term, real success of your organization, then you will get a great deal from this book. These disfunctions are very real, and affect us all very similarly. Lencioni puts it in good, understandable terms with workable ideas and solutions that anyone can use for a foundation for change.
This is a genuinely significant book for anyone who works in a team environment, whether at work, in sports, in the community, at home, etc. Of all the business books I have read on team building, "Five Dysfunctions" stands at the top of the pack. The strength of this book lies in the fact that it gets at the ROOTS of team failure. Anyone who has been forced to go through corporate "team building" sessions and sing with their fellow co-workers knows that it is an approach that doesn't work! The principles presented in "Five Dysfunctions" are solid and will get results.
A great strength of the book is that it avoids the all-too-frequent tendency of creating tension and then resolving it more quickly than would happen in real life. Reading the story gives you a sense of the effort needed to work through the dysfunctions of a team. The tools are presented to the reader, but without the illusion of a quick fix. Rather, "Five Dysfunctions" gives a simple message that inspires, energizes, and creates a vision of hope for how thing could be in a team.
One "a-ha" experience I had while reading this book is that some of the teams I have been on - teams where we all got along just fine - shared at least some of the five dysfunctions which made them less than effective. While these teams were quite accomplished at the superficial types of team building activities that are so popular, we avoided the core issues that Lencioni discusses in his book.
This was a very thought-provoking story and kept my attention for the full time. Whenever I felt I missed something important, I jumped back and listened again. Worth it!
Book would be useful for anyone who has to work in groups. I could relate to the story though being a technical leader of a small team at the IT company.
Very entertaining fable as well.
Great business 'fiction'. Useful / applicable lessons. Terrific narration. This one has it all. I plan to listen to it again soon to help the lessons sink in. The book is fun and easy to listen to. The principles aren't revolutionary, but I count the time well-spent.
Patrick Lencioni again does an awesome job of covering some of the most fundamental and important pitfalls that leaders must learn to avoid. This is a must read for new or experienced managers, directors, COOs, CEOs, etc. If you've ever wondered how some people seem to rise up so fast in an organization and then amazingly fail even faster, listen to this book.
I was skeptical about this book until I read the other reviews. Their praise convinced me to try it and I found their guidance quite accurate. This was a well-written book on a timeless and important topic to anyone in business today. The narrator was excellent and made listening a pleasure. The book was presented in a story example of a company run by a disfunctional team and their new CEO who was chosen to fix it. It is easy to see parallels from this team to any team. The CEO's approach was also interesting to hear and I learned from her actions in the story as well.
I found myself wishing I could take notes and paused the book at the end so I could listen to the summary of the points with paper in hand.
I will be looking for others from this author and this narrator as a result of this positive experience.
The management story was very captivating. I think this should be a must read for anyone stepping into a management position with a new company. Lays a good framework for dealing with the political struggles that are bound to arise. The only negative was that the recap information (after the story) seemed to be a bit rushed, almost as though the author was running out of disk space.