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In his classic book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.

In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle's company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players.

Whether you're a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.

©2016 Patrick Lencioni (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Would you listen to The Ideal Team Player again? Why?

As the Chief of Staff for my organization I am designing and implementing the Team Development programs. These programs are based on The 5 Dysfunctions of Teams, The Ideal Team Player, and Sean Covey's The Four Disciplines of Execution. While "5 Dysfunctions" focuses on team level development, "The Ideal Team Player" focuses on individual development. I find that I "rewind and re-listen" often with Lencioni, and that I stop and take notes (OneNotes) and record thoughts.

What did you like best about this story?

The drama was fantastic. The characters and personalities engaging.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Hoye's performance was great. I liked his energy and pace.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

While I began this book thinking about how to teach and share the principles of ideal team players with others, I came away with the determination to change my nature and to become a much better team player. Having and using this book is changing my life and making me a much better team player, and I am making my life a whole lot more fun and exciting.

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Great format, narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this. I found the story form "fable" in the first 70% of the book to be a solid way to put the concepts into practice, so that the nuts & bolts description of the model was crystal clear.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

I listen to virtually all audio books at 1.5X speed, and I found that to be a good pace for this narration. The narration was very clear, contained appropriate inflections, and was engaging. For those who listen to audio books at 1X and find themselves getting distracted/bored, speed up the narration to a speed that will keep you engaged.

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

It would be a lot of information for one sitting, but the "fable" portion could certainly be engaging for one sitting. The model/application would be something you'd want to listen to more than once. Since the book was split up in this fashion, one can listen to the nuts & bolts application portion and get a lot of benefit w/o having to listen to the entire book over again.

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Lot of talk about a simple concept

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure, but the guy reading the book was terrible, almost put me to sleep several times. I would buy the book not the audible version. Go to the end and simply read the overview. If you have read a lot of Patricks stuff then this is repeated material on some levels. I do love Pats stuff so don't think I'm down on him, not at all, just that it is repeating material.

Has The Ideal Team Player turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

Whoever it was that narrated "The hard thing about hard things" by Ben Horowitz, THAT was a great book and well narrated. Also, Steve Jobs narrator.

Did The Ideal Team Player inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps, but not much.

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loved it

my husbands company required him to read this book. what a great way to show your company Style. it's nice because he's listening to it on his drive to work great motivator

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Good book, horrible voiceover

My only complaint here is the person doing the audio book itself sounds like he learned to speak from William Shatner. I feel like I’m listening to a Star Trek reading, his over enunciation is absolutely horrible and making this book a challenge to get through.

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Humble, Hungry, and Smart

Like his other books, the business advice is provided through the telling of a story. The benefit of doing it this way is that it provides a context as if you're in the story and can relate to what the characters are going through. You gain an understanding of the advice and how it might apply in real life. However, the author should not have written the story as if it's a fiction book written for entertainment, where the plot is drawn out to create suspense and details are added to develop the characters. Finally after multiple meetings and discussions, the characters (executives of the construction company) conclude the three key qualities of an ideal team player are: humble (not arrogant or dismissive of people), hungry (wanting to do more and learn more), and smart (emotional intelligence). Then the story dragged on again as they met with employees to figure out if the employees possessed those qualities. The last few chapters were useful in explaining key behaviors expected from ideal team players, such as willing to display vulnerability and build trust, hold people accountable, and commit to group decisions.

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The reader drawing out the last word of every sentence got to me. Like nails on a chalkboard. Stories ok but not what I thought it would be.

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Not worth it.

Really didn’t like it. It was like beating a dead horse to death. I listened to it at 3X speed and still got annoyed with how it dragged on. I only finished because at the time it was mandatory for my job.

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great advice and a worthy read

while the story writing is a little cheesy the message is great. I enjoyed this book and will listen to it again.

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Team Building for a positive growing Company

Great ideas for team building to maintain the company culture to grow a company that will last.

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  • LC
  • 08-21-18

Clear and useful

As usual with Lencioni's books, this is a clear and useful illustration of the concept, with suggestions for implementation. It's great to have some clear guidelines like this to help cut through the complexity of running a successful business.

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  • Paul
  • 05-05-18

Helpful book and as ever the fables work well

The fables work really well to put the ideas in to context - an enjoyable and educational listen

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  • Ilias Papakonstantinou
  • 01-12-17

interesting topic on, worth your time

interesting view on how to choose the appropriate people for your team. good read for team leaders

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  • Alan Valentine
  • 09-06-16

Another cracker

I just love all of Lencioni's books. By far the best business author for me.

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  • Mohammed
  • 02-14-21

Exactly what you need

If you are one of the leaders in a company, you will definitely find this book useful. It's a step by step guide to making your organisation work like a well oiled machine. And if other leaders around you don't agree to this model...perhaps you're the one working in the wrong organisation : )

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  • shane
  • 02-09-21

Compelling book about fundamentals of team members

Such an easy listen, well worth the time and money as will far outweigh the benefits gained

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  • Bhaskar Natarajan
  • 01-12-21

A good reminder of 3 evergreen virtues!

Patrick Lencioni has put together a nice and very meaningful message through this management fable.

a good read / listen for a budding manager or leader!

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  • jc
  • 03-05-20

Decent, more of the same

If you're familiar with Lencioni's fable approach, more of the same here. Personally it's an approach I find really accessible and enjoyable and whilst not his best, there's plenty of learnings in here for current and aspiring managers/ leaders.
Definitely worth a listen.

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  • HotCupOfTeaPls
  • 01-19-20

it's o k a y

A reasonable follow-up to the 5 Dysfunctions, and the three core tenets of what makes a decent team player are good and useful enough (essentially humility, drive, and EI) to be applied - but there's an unnecessary religious element that pops up throughout, and the end "application" section relies on personality reports that I'm not convinced Lencioni is qualified or able to adequately connect, or dissect. But hey ho, it's an interesting listen up to a point, and I'm sure the three core values will be useful indicators in hiring decisions and employee review.

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  • Ian D
  • 07-18-19

Good Follow On

Follows up nicely in my opinion to the 'Five Dysfunctions Of A Team' book. Turning into a big Patrick Lencioni admirer of his work and implementing into my work culture.

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  • Wedzerai
  • 08-13-17

Very insightful easy read!

Really enjoyed the easy to listen to format.
The narrator was really good and the way the story is written makes it easy to listen and the lessons easy to learn. Thank you for sharing your wisdom through your books 📚👍🏿😄

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-21

Not read by the author unfortunately

I regularly winced when listening to the guy who read it. He sounded like some weather commentator. Really detracted from the story.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-18-19

Thought provoking, but lacking empirical evidence.

The ideas in this book are logical and rational (or, at least, they seem to be). However, the primary substantiation for the thesis is anecdote and the author's experience. The book would benefit greatly from research and empirical evidence. Also, the author waits until the end of the book to identify the obvious limitation of his thesis; that it only applies to roles and/or businesses where teamwork is strategically signifficant. All-in-all, I found the book thought provoking but difficult to trust. I'm interested to try the ideas in my business.