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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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An entertaining learning experience.

Short enough for even the most busy executive to find the time get through it and learn some important points to boot. I recommend this book!

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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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  • John B.
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Great articulation of a common issue

If you could sum up The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in three words, what would they be?

essential business literature

What did you like best about this story?

The story telling format to explain the content and illustrate the points

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

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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Too many slangs

Not clear plain English, the author uses too many slang phrases that confuses the real meaning or intention and distracts the purpose of the real objective of the book.

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The narrator brought the story to life

I know this book will be excellent when it to myself again later, but I feel that I received more from it by having Mr. Stransky read it. I admit I chuckled at his British accent, though. He reminded me of Stewie Griffin. It is worth the money or credit. I will be searching out this narrator for more.

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I love the fable/story aspect of teaching

First time I've read a book like this - a management book that tells a story and wondering where it was going and if the characters were good or bad or if they'd be around on the end! It reminded me of past employers very much.

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Great tool to use and stay on track.

Narrator was great. Material was very helpfull and applicable. This is one to read once a year to help keep you focused and on track.

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Just listen to last 40mins

The author could just get into the point and end the book 30mins... Good story but useless. Just search on Google for the 5 dysfunctionals , I would definitely do that.

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Excellent!

Pat does a great job in this book. I actually met him this past June and he's an outstanding fellow. The five dysfunctions are real and must be addressed.

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great introduction to the advantage

I should have read this before I read the advantage. the materials for both are directly condescending. I do like the two distinct styles these are written in. the fable or story addition helps to put the points into context.