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.
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© 2002 Patrick Lencioni
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"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.)
This book discusses the 5 key fundamental problems with teamwork, and hopes to illustrate its concepts with a fictional story. While somewhat interesting and humorous at times, the story was excessively detailed and does not relate to the principles directly. Hence, I could not remain focused on the story.
So many business-related books cannot push our buttons if they do not hit us where we are at the time. This book is no exception. If you are a lone-wolf with a savior complex, this book will never meet a need for you. If you have found that team-leadership is crucial to the long-term, real success of your organization, then you will get a great deal from this book. These disfunctions are very real, and affect us all very similarly. Lencioni puts it in good, understandable terms with workable ideas and solutions that anyone can use for a foundation for change.
This is a genuinely significant book for anyone who works in a team environment, whether at work, in sports, in the community, at home, etc. Of all the business books I have read on team building, "Five Dysfunctions" stands at the top of the pack. The strength of this book lies in the fact that it gets at the ROOTS of team failure. Anyone who has been forced to go through corporate "team building" sessions and sing with their fellow co-workers knows that it is an approach that doesn't work! The principles presented in "Five Dysfunctions" are solid and will get results.
A great strength of the book is that it avoids the all-too-frequent tendency of creating tension and then resolving it more quickly than would happen in real life. Reading the story gives you a sense of the effort needed to work through the dysfunctions of a team. The tools are presented to the reader, but without the illusion of a quick fix. Rather, "Five Dysfunctions" gives a simple message that inspires, energizes, and creates a vision of hope for how thing could be in a team.
One "a-ha" experience I had while reading this book is that some of the teams I have been on - teams where we all got along just fine - shared at least some of the five dysfunctions which made them less than effective. While these teams were quite accomplished at the superficial types of team building activities that are so popular, we avoided the core issues that Lencioni discusses in his book.
This was a very thought-provoking story and kept my attention for the full time. Whenever I felt I missed something important, I jumped back and listened again. Worth it!
Book would be useful for anyone who has to work in groups. I could relate to the story though being a technical leader of a small team at the IT company.
Very entertaining fable as well.
Great business 'fiction'. Useful / applicable lessons. Terrific narration. This one has it all. I plan to listen to it again soon to help the lessons sink in. The book is fun and easy to listen to. The principles aren't revolutionary, but I count the time well-spent.
Patrick Lencioni again does an awesome job of covering some of the most fundamental and important pitfalls that leaders must learn to avoid. This is a must read for new or experienced managers, directors, COOs, CEOs, etc. If you've ever wondered how some people seem to rise up so fast in an organization and then amazingly fail even faster, listen to this book.
I was skeptical about this book until I read the other reviews. Their praise convinced me to try it and I found their guidance quite accurate. This was a well-written book on a timeless and important topic to anyone in business today. The narrator was excellent and made listening a pleasure. The book was presented in a story example of a company run by a disfunctional team and their new CEO who was chosen to fix it. It is easy to see parallels from this team to any team. The CEO's approach was also interesting to hear and I learned from her actions in the story as well.
I found myself wishing I could take notes and paused the book at the end so I could listen to the summary of the points with paper in hand.
I will be looking for others from this author and this narrator as a result of this positive experience.
The management story was very captivating. I think this should be a must read for anyone stepping into a management position with a new company. Lays a good framework for dealing with the political struggles that are bound to arise. The only negative was that the recap information (after the story) seemed to be a bit rushed, almost as though the author was running out of disk space.
"Learn why building trust, builds your team"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly recommend it. The storytelling approach really worked for me to understand how to apply the theory. Thumbs up!
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.)
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.
"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.
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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"A must read if you work in a team!!"
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.
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!
"AN EXCELLENT BOOK"
Perfect, Succinct and effective. Spot on. Showing how to do it . Highly recommend to every manager on any level.
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