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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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    Eugene El Cajon, CA, USA 02-10-05
    Eugene El Cajon, CA, USA 02-10-05
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    "Bland"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RCon 06-08-03
    RCon 06-08-03 Listener Since 2000
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    "Good ideas about good, smart leadership"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Reade Appleton, WI United States 03-12-03
    Walter Reade Appleton, WI United States 03-12-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Very Practical and Insightful"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 01-26-15
    Erika 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    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!

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    Roman 05-04-08
    Roman 05-04-08
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    "Usefull. Highly recommend."

    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.

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    Jerry Germantown, WI, USA 02-04-04
    Jerry Germantown, WI, USA 02-04-04
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    "Best book I've heard from audible!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heizenberg Wisconsin 10-18-03
    Heizenberg Wisconsin 10-18-03 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read for Any Manager"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Crozet, VA, USA 09-04-03
    David Crozet, VA, USA 09-04-03
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    "Logical, Entertaining, and Useful"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan houston, TX, USA 02-19-03
    Dan houston, TX, USA 02-19-03
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    "Very Interesting Story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Lewis 09-28-16
    James Lewis 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great fable on leadership and teamwork!"

    I cought myself thinking through the points in my meetings as I was going through the book, and I think it permanently improved my thinking about teamwork in business.

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