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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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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-03-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Almost Useful"

    I have to agree with the Five Dysfunctions of a Team:
    Absence of trust, Fear of conflict, Lack of commitment, Avoidance of accountability, Inattention to team results
    But the solutions proposed in this book, although they might help, seem inefficient and out of date. I have gone through almost identical programs with teams, and there was a little short term benefit but the techniques did not lead to lasting, meaningful change. Years later (after several intervening ineffective management initiatives) we adopted Scrum development which led, almost immediately, to evolutionary positive enduring change (which adds up quickly to substantial change). The off-sites in pretty places and trust-chairs described in this book are very slightly helpful, but Scrum is the first fully fleshed out system I have actually seen work.

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    Jlb 10-12-17
    Jlb 10-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Concise guidance on what makes an effective team."

    In an entertaining story, he outlines what does and doesn't make an effective team. It's on the shorter side and he could have gone into more detail in the second half of the book, however it give a solid overview.

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    Danielle 10-11-17
    Danielle 10-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Locate youself!"

    Location, Location, Location!! Where you build is important but who you build with is even greater!! This book provides great insight into leadership style and team personalities. A map is only useful when you locate your current position !!

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    Brittany 10-09-17
    Brittany 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!"

    Great points and methods. Gave several coaching points and resolutions to issues. Story line also gave many relatable situations.

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    Mike 10-07-17
    Mike 10-07-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Second time reading, even better the second time."

    This book is full of wisdom that doesn't come naturally to most people (including me). But once you read it, it makes complete sense and must be applied at work. Just always surprised how much I didn't know before being the leader of a company, and how much more I need to learn. At least trying to become a good leader is never boring.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-17
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    "Great read for leadership "

    my wife and I really enjoyed listening to this book. We realized what we can do with the team under us. it will help greatly with bringing cohesion to our group.

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    Julio Gonzales Lima, Perú 09-29-17
    Julio Gonzales Lima, Perú 09-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good"

    Not completed narration, not synced progress between kindle a audition about badges. Some pages no were covered. The story was very impressive. I would like to konow more information about how Kathrine manages conflict her way of thinking was inspirational

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    Jmain65 09-21-17
    Jmain65 09-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book about improving the teamwork in business"

    Very good book. Good stuff about building a better team. Story went very quickly and was easy to follow

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    Alexis R. 09-20-17
    Alexis R. 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book. Very effective storytelling."

    This book addresses in a very pragmatic and straightforward manner key principles that, when not respected / applied, are the root cause of most teams' malfunctions. A must read for all managers and people working in teams.

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    Stephen 09-04-17
    Stephen 09-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Vulnerability? "

    It's pretty ironic that the concepts in this book are so fundamental. However, when they are explained and approached in this book its obvious how we are missing the boat.

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  • Helen Dunnett
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    "Learn why building trust, builds your team"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

    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.


    What does Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it. The storytelling approach really worked for me to understand how to apply the theory. Thumbs up!

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  • Browns View
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    12/23/12
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    "Compelling listen"

    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.)

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  • Kirsty
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Powerful"

    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.

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  • Daniel
    10/20/17
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    "Self-reflection here I come! "

    Great read and really insightful... Will swing back to it again in a few weeks for sure.

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  • Anonymous
    5/9/17
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    "well worth a listen. focused at senior managers"

    good listen and interesting story, as a manager of a large team of field based engineers it would prove difficult to implement some of the model. but a good book.

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  • Joe Foran
    12/15/16
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    "loved it"

    Great book. Brilliantly explained principles on team development and performance. A must for every manager. Thank you Audible.

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  • Rob Baltzer
    5/15/16
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    "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.

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  • Damien H
    4/20/16
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    "Brilliant book."

    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.

    Highly recommended.

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  • kay
    2/14/16
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    "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!

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  • Richard Cassidy
    1/15/16
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    "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.

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