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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable | [Patrick Lencioni]

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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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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    Daniel Omaha, NE, USA 12-08-04
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    I very much enjoyed the style and the entertainment value listening and learning from this book. I highly recommend it.

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    Michael Westland, MI, USA 01-18-06
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    "Ironic"

    It's ironic that this was a book to read for my workplace book club. When hearing about these dysfunctional team members, I kept being reminded of the horrible management team which had directed me to read this book. Whaaa? Alas, they seemed to use this work as an excuse to go to Miami for an "offsite", emulating the team in this book. A rather mundane tale filled with simplified solutions. If only all idiots would realize they don't work as a team and quit!

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    Brian Smyrna, GA, USA 10-30-05
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    "Liberate te ex inferis"

    Spare yourself the glurge of the executive fable, skip to the end. The lessons available from this watered-down text are better learned from intensive and creative study of Sun-Tzu and Taiichi Ono. True, such texts are not specifically for industries outside the initial audience, but to be an effective leader requires the creativity to apply lessons learned in arenas other than your own.

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    "The most understandable help book ever"

    This book is very helpful. The style of telling a story to get the point across is brilliant. I listened several times to get the concepts and began using them with my team at work. Using the five dysfunctions as a window to look at my workplace helped me determine what needed to be done.

    I highly recommend this book.

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