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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Audiobook

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.
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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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    Reuben crowley, TX, USA 05-05-14
    Reuben crowley, TX, USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book on Good Conflict or Debate"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate the way this book lays out the need for respectable debate.


    Any additional comments?

    I sent this to employees that work for me as a required reading.

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    Jonathan 04-26-14
    Jonathan 04-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Average at best"
    What did you like best about The Five Dysfunctions of a Team? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the reiteration of the importance of a culture of accountability and the importance of teams accepting responsibility of impacting departments outside of their own to achieve company goals.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Lencioni again?

    I enjoyed silos, politics, and turf wars years ago and it was timely for my organization. I did read it versus listen to it though.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator put me to sleep. Characterization was tough to follow on audio making it harder to really get into the story.


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    Walaa Bahrain 02-28-14
    Walaa Bahrain 02-28-14

    Walaa M.

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    "We are all the same"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I worked in 3 companies from the top 100 companies in the world from normal staff to directors board member. And still this book is like our "text book" for managing a team differences . the beauty that you can see your self in each character in a phase of your life... it was fun really :)


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

    flashbacks to years and beyond :)


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    Jaimie Terre Haute, Indiana, United States 01-30-14
    Jaimie Terre Haute, Indiana, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "underlying system's approach for handling staff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good simple principles when dealing with any team, staff, or family


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing at this time


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

    Sets the stage to apply concepts across many different areas of a person's life where they are a part of a team


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

    Laugh, only due to the familiar current situations I am dealing with in trying to engage staff as a team


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    Martin MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 01-07-14
    Martin MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 01-07-14
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    "Without a Perfect Leader the Team Fails"
    What disappointed you about The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

    The content overall is simplistic, can be perceived as manipulative and extremely US centric. Overall I found the dialog almost impossible to listen too.


    Has The Five Dysfunctions of a Team turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was fine, but overall I felt that the writing because of its predictability made the Leader into the perfect one. At times the idea of vulnerability was not expressed as such in the audio and it therefore lost its power. Everything had a tone of "I know-- I'm the leader," and I'm sorry I'm the team member.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Overall the Dysfunctions themselves are somewhat accurate from a third person point of view, but the How to resolve them from the team perspective is lacking depth. The only tool suggested really is the MBTI and one other one - that was very much lacking in usefulness.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Hamada Auckland, New Zealand 11-04-13
    Hamada Auckland, New Zealand 11-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliance in a tale"
    What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

    the story, explaining how an actual principle plays out as a play is a powerful delivery tool


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, she is a star


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nice try, you will have to pay me first. that being said, if this was a movie I am mostly likely going to watch it.


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    Jeffrey oklahoma City, ok, United States 10-26-13
    Jeffrey oklahoma City, ok, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great job Patrick!"
    What did you love best about The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

    the "story" kept me interested


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

    realizing that conflict is not only ok, but necessary


    What about Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni’s performance did you like?

    agnostic


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

    no tears, but got me immediately focused on what i need to do with my TEAM


    Any additional comments?

    this book came to me at a perfect time in my life and career.
    Wish i would have read it long ago!

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    Kevin McLogan Royal Oak, MI USA 07-27-13
    Kevin McLogan Royal Oak, MI USA 07-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "How does your team measure up?"

    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.

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    M. McKinney, TX, United States 07-24-13
    M. McKinney, TX, United States 07-24-13
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    "Hits really close to home!"
    Where does The Five Dysfunctions of a Team rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of my list of leadership books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The CTO. He was dead on. Logic driven, yet not dogmatic. Very much like every CTO I have worked with. Loved the accent.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everything you always wondered about that happens in executive meetings, but were afraid to ask.


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    Brad New York, NY, United States 07-12-13
    Brad New York, NY, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Faith, Family, Friends, Food, and Football. Good life.

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    "This book changed our Senior Team!"
    Would you listen to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team again? Why?

    Yes. I would come back to this book every so often to make sure that our team is not slipping back into old habits.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was like Patrick was telling the story of some of our staff meetings.


    What about Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni’s performance did you like?

    Charles voice was not noticeable. That, I think, is the ultimate compliment. He never got in the way of the book. So fluid.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Patrick shifted the team from individual departments to shared goals, the light bulb went off in my head.


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