Teamwork is what everybody talks about, but what does it look like?
The way this book is presented makes it a compelling case for improving teamwork. By telling a story about a dysfunctional team, and showing us what a poor team looks like, it made me feel that I was a part of the team working towards a better place.
By illustrating how a dysfunctional team presents itself, and the struggles it endures to get to a better place, by illustrating each of the five dysfunctions; absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results- we can see ourselves reflected in one or more of the characters.
If we learn the lessons through the actions of the team, we can identify with their failings within us, and help to move our team to a better place.
Near the top of my list of leadership books.
The CTO. He was dead on. Logic driven, yet not dogmatic. Very much like every CTO I have worked with. Loved the accent.
Everything you always wondered about that happens in executive meetings, but were afraid to ask.
Faith, Family, Friends, Food, and Football. Good life.
Yes. I would come back to this book every so often to make sure that our team is not slipping back into old habits.
It was like Patrick was telling the story of some of our staff meetings.
Charles voice was not noticeable. That, I think, is the ultimate compliment. He never got in the way of the book. So fluid.
When Patrick shifted the team from individual departments to shared goals, the light bulb went off in my head.
This is a great book to start thinking about management. I would give this book to a friend who wanted to start reading management books.
The book is told as a sort of fable. The story spans a little over half of the book. Patrick Lencioni is a good story teller. I imagined several characters of his story as people I used to work with. The second part of the book that explains what can be learned from the story is good. This is a great starting read for something looking to get into management.
I would definitely recommend this book with "Who moved the cheese?" and "One-Minute Manager".
This book outlines the obvious, but hidden aspects of why teams do not perform at a level that they are capable of. It delves into content that is much deeper than normal, and is not a technique driven instruction booklet. The dysfunctions discussed are profound and the type that nobody likes to discuss. While more specific advice could have been provided, the toughest aspect of using the material would be to get past our own egos and do what is right. I liked that the basis of this material was building trust, as it seems that dealing with any issue openly and honestly has to begin with faith in the relationships among team members.
This has to be one of the most underrated business books of the century.. whomever I speak to about it has never heard of it, yet it is an allegorical tale that covers just about everything.. in under 4 hours! I have committed myself to reading it once a year.
Essential for anyone who is in any sort of managerial role, even if you manage one direct report. Of the myriad of business books on Audible, this has to be one of the most useful, entertaining page turners (wish there's was a audio expression for that) out there.
I like the parable story method in describing the dysfunctions. You will hear the people described in the story and you will immediately say oh that's just like Bill in accounting etc
The actual hardness part of the book was going back to review the actual dysfunctions in a more dry method.
Entertaining story that illustrates how personal motivation and personality impact dynamics of a team. Through the story you experience perspectives of individual contributors and the leader. Provides valuable insight for developing leaders.
The story is too long - I think all of the points can be described in a more concise and clear way.
People who like listening to stories
I found the last 40 minutes of the book most useful.
CIO working in Health, looking for business and self-development books with the occasional comedy fiction novel.
Great narration apart from the terrible English accent given to Martin
Charles awful accent for Martin the company's CTO