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.
"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 uses a story about a newly created management team as the backdrop for it's lessons. If you liked the clear and concise story approach used in "Who Moved My Cheese?" or "Fish!" you'll enjoy this audiobook. There is a good summary at the end which is well worth sitting down and taking notes from.
Truly enjoyed the story. Leadership concepts conveyed in the book are, quality, basic ideas and to the point, re-iteration and real-life scenarios have been plugged in very well.
The usage of a storyline to convey the theme is quite effective for some folks, giving the content more "spice", other readers/listeners who do not like story based books might want to skip out on this one. The narrator does a great job as well, kudos to him and the authors.
I strongly recommend this book. Situations were fictional but realistic. This is my first "non-fiction" fiction book and I like it! This is filled with positive energy.
At first I was annoyed by the fact that 80% of the book is a fictional account of an executive team working through the dysfunctions. But I've found that the story (and lessons) has stuck with me much better than had this been a straight non-fiction leadership book. I look forward to more books from this author.
This book was both enjoyable and educational. Patrick Lencioni lays out the principles needed to create great business teams. I'm having everyone at work listen to it and they find it just as intersting and helpful.
One of the great things about fables is the ability to identify with characters. Lencioni makes it easy to gauge where you are in your success and/or failure in building an awesome team. You will NOT be an effective leader without overcoming the 5 dysfunctions of a team.
Lencioni does a wonderful job of characterizing the different personalities that are found within most organizations. You'll recognize co-workers in an instant! Lencioni breaks down the pitfalls of a team to five key points...and hits the nail on the head. I've begun to build my management team around these five principals and have experienced great success.
Double thumbs up!
This was a worthwhile listen - short, sweet, and a great distillation of what most experienced team leaders have in their head as common sense. The five dysfunctions are real, readily applied in the real world, and I have yet to find a colleague who didn't immediately appreciate this way of looking at how people work together to solve problems.
Constantly wondering why your team isn't as effective as it should be? Listen to this book. I did, and it really helped me in how I lead my team (I am VP-Technology for a professional services firm). This is the first audio title, after 3 years of audible.com, that made me want to go out and get the hard copy of the book for my office reference bookshelf.
Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
This book is written as a fable about a high tech firm that is struggling to make head way in its market, and the key issue is that the leadership team does not function effectively as a team. Lencioni uses this fable approach because it makes it easier for the reader to identify with the characters, and thus, the learning sinks in more effectively. The approach certainly worked for me. As the story evolves, Lencioni reveals each of the five dysfunctions (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results) and how this particular leadership team overcomes these dysfunctions. He emphasizes that creating functional teams is an on-going process and not a one shot deal and that the process isn't linear - there is often back sliding and then movement forward again. At the end of the book, he includes a guide for using the model which covers an overview of the five dysfunctions, details of how to overcome each dysfunction, and a discussion of how the five are integrated. He emphasizes that the model is simple in theory, but it is difficult in practice.
"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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