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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Audiobook

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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Publisher's Summary

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results). Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

Building a cohesive team is not complicated, declares Lencioni. Departing from the dry, theoretical writing of many management books, he presents his case in the context of a fictional organization, and in doing so succeeds at communicating his ideas. The scenarios are recognizable and can be applied anywhere teamwork is involved, whether it is a multinational company, a small department within a larger organization, or a sports team. At the end of the story, the main points are summarized, and clearly expressed suggestions and exercises are offered to help bring about change. Concise and easy to follow, this program is recommended for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is also available in print from Wiley.

Executive Producer: Karen DiMattia
Producer: John McElroy
© 2002 Patrick Lencioni
(P)2002 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A gripping analysis of what makes teams work effectively. This fine work is a must-read for any leader that has come to grips with the fact that no one makes progress - much less succeeds - alone." (James Amos, president and CEO, Mail Boxes Etc.)

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    Nicole Ford 07-08-15
    Nicole Ford 07-08-15
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    "Great outline for leading a team!"

    I would highly recommend this book for leaders and managers. Excellent guide for building and improving twams.

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    212consulting 07-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Be the best team you can be"

    A winning team puts the team's mission ahead of their department or personal advancement. Must read for executive and those who want to be!

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    Ken 06-25-15
    Ken 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Clarifying"
    What did you like best about The Five Dysfunctions of a Team? What did you like least?

    This book was a well-written reminder of the business communications and ethics courses taught in colleges today. While the story offered little to no "ahha" moments or truly salient points that were indispensable take-aways; the book did, however, places the story in a an organized format to get you to reach conclusions about scenarios before the story reached them. In short, the book was a nice fresher, but nothing truly new here.


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    Hannah 06-21-15
    Hannah 06-21-15
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    "Excellent leadership resource."

    This book is an entertaining story filled with tons of theoretical and practical leadership tools. I would recommend it to anyone working in a team environment.

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    PJ 06-02-15
    PJ 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding for any team!"

    While listening to this book, my wife and I frequently stopped to discuss specific applications. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is leading a team. Out team happens to be a church ministry team and we found it extremely helpful.

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    Kenny 05-28-15
    Kenny 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm not big fan of fables but this was so well written and realistic. I could literally picture each person and their personality as a real person I have meet or work with. I thought this was laid out perfectly and kept my interested throughout the entire book.

    The summary section at the end was also useful. Bets book on team building I have come across so far.

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    Maureen 05-23-15
    Maureen 05-23-15
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    "So glad that a friend told me about this book"

    I'm excited to put these principles into effect in building a true team attitude for our staff

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    Nathan 05-13-15
    Nathan 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I enjoyed the story easy to follow"

    What a great read the story was easy to follow and yet entertaining. What I've learned from this book will be shared with my team as well as giving each one of my team members the book to read. The concepts are easy and I look forward to implementing this in my workplace.

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    Govardhan 05-05-15
    Govardhan 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent message"

    Leadership is not something which is given by virtue of ones role or responsibilities, it is something which is applicable to everyone on all walks of life. while the message in the book is directed to corporate world, the inner meaning is something that has to be understood and applied in all aspects of life.

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    Timothy G. Wenhold Collegeville, PA USA 04-30-15
    Timothy G. Wenhold Collegeville, PA USA 04-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Leadership in the service of others, to inspire innovative thoughts & actions, to 'connect the dots' & create our future, this is my crusade

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    "Excellent format for presenting Team Tools"

    The content of the message is enhanced by the fact that it is presented as a story about people we can all identify with. The framework layout by the author is clear and consistent through out the book.

    If you listen to this book and don't come away with a plan as to how you can improve yourself and any team you are part of, I would be very surprise.

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  • Helen Dunnett
    7/9/13
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    "Learn why building trust, builds your team"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio edition so much I bought the book. The book contains some great practical exercises at the end of the book to do with your team to build trust, to manage tough topics etc, so while I will probably listen to the book again, I use the print copy for reference.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

    There were many lightbulbs moments in the book, but a couple that made me smile were when the CEO had her first face-to-face challenge with her sales manager, who had purposely booked a customer meeting in the middle of her first management retreat to avoid going. The way she managed it was poetic. Then other was when she told the story to her team about her own career mistakes. As a young consultant she hadn't understood the importance of The Team, and through her own naive logic promoted the team's high performer who was also the top team destroyer. She got fired.


    What does Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always prefer audio books that have been recorded with the author. It shows a level of care for the audience that I greatly appreciate. In this case Patrick recorded the introduction to set the scene, and having the voice and the picture, really helps me connect with him.

    Charles Stransky does a great job telling the story (even if his English accent is terrible ;) ) His voice skills helps the listener focus on the meaning of the content rather than having to imagine the scenerio. Great job.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was totally inspired after reading this book. I immediately starting discussing the concepts with my colleagues and I have the book with me as a constant reminder. It's not something that I can fully take on board in one go, so I plan to go through it again on my next road trip, to cover the key topics more thoroughly.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it. The storytelling approach really worked for me to understand how to apply the theory. Thumbs up!

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  • Browns View
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    12/23/12
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    "Compelling listen"

    Thought provoking listen, which had me hooked. Most of the book revolves around the goings on in a fictional - and, of course, dysfunctional - company; many of the scenarios raised in the will resonate. (The last part of the book, which goes through each of the five dysfunctions in a more formal way perhaps works less well in audio-book form.)

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  • Kirsty
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    12/23/12
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    "Powerful"

    Love the way this book is written as a story. It makes it easier to digest. It provokes some powerful questions about the teams you work in but provides the insight to help make them. It's logical and easy to understand. It's a must if you want to take your team to the next level and beyond.

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  • Rob Baltzer
    5/15/16
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    "Fable format a great tool for understanding"

    The fable format of this book involves the bulk of the listening time being spent on an unfolding team dynamic with a relatively small number of characters. The concepts underpinning the book (trust, conflict, buy-in, accountability and focus on results) get teed up deliberately but not awkwardly. The story is compelling making this an easy listen. The short final chapter recapping the concepts and practical applications is extremely rich and useful.

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  • Damien H
    4/20/16
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    "Brilliant book."

    From start to finish the book is brilliant. I was concerned that the story telling style of the book would make it to specific and less relevant to my own circumstances. To the contrary, the opposite was true. It had helped me see the weaknesses in myself and provided practical steps for me to resolve those issues.

    Highly recommended.

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  • kay
    2/14/16
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    "Excellent for both team members and leaders!!"

    Doing a session on the Lencioni model with my team and execs!! READ it you will not regret it! Most of it is fairly obvious stuff if you are big on EI and leadership workings but the story is written so well and plenty of those 'that's just like my team' and Ta Da moments!

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  • Mr. Richard A. Cassidy
    1/15/16
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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    This is my first time reading Lencioni; some of my colleagues are big fans. I now understand why.

    The narrative makes the business-oriented concepts incredibly easy to grasp, and reinforces the effectiveness of the practical application guides in chapter 4. I found myself going back to the retreats and visualising the members of the fictional exec team when thinking about how to implement some of these techniques.

    A great book, I'll definitely be buying more. I look forward to introducing these concepts to my team next week.

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    devon
    1/6/16
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    "Easy to relate to ."

    Really good book. Easy to understand and the story made it real and relevant. Addresses the real problems that all companies (and other teams) face. Great explanation of how this model works and how you can use it with your team.

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  • adam
    10/28/15
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    "A must read if you work in a team!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

    This book takes you on a journey to understand the 5 dysfunctions of a team and, because it is written as a novel, it gives context to the lessons it teaches.


    Any additional comments?

    Inattention to results, avoidance of accountability, lack of commitment, fear of conflict, absence of trust. It sounds so obvious right??? In my experience addressing these five issues isn't so simple to actually do. This book gives practical advice in a high stakes situation to demonstrate ACTUALLY HOW to address these points. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mp
    8/26/15
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    "AN EXCELLENT BOOK"

    Perfect, Succinct and effective. Spot on. Showing how to do it . Highly recommend to every manager on any level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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