Patrick Lencioni's The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues posits that in order to succeed - especially in a work environment - one must be a team player. Business leaders must be able to identify and hire team players to secure the best possible advantage over their competitors and leverage all the benefits of teamwork. Ideal team players share three core virtues: They are hungry, humble, and smart. To illustrate the ideal team player model in practice, Lencioni offers the hypothetical example of Valley Builders, a construction firm in Napa. Using this extended hypothetical as referent, Lencioni illustrates the components of the ideal team and explains how to apply them.
Valley Builders was founded some 30 years ago by Bob Shanley. On the advice of his doctor, Shanley is retiring, but at a critical juncture: The firm has just inked deals on its two biggest jobs to date....
Please note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book.
Inside this Instaread Summary of The Ideal Team Player:
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The Ideal Team Player is broken into two parts: the first ~70% of the book is The Fable, a fictional account of a Napa construction company and their new leader. The remainder is called The Model, a deeper look at the three virtues and their impact on a corporate culture as narrated in The Fable.
This Summary does a very good job of explaining The Model, but not nearly enough time going over The Fable. The book itself is a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio in length between The Fable and The Model, but the Summary is so light on The Fable parts that it easily flips that ratio to 1:3.
Overall, well-executed for what it is, but if you're looking for details of the story, you're better off picking up a copy of the actual book.
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