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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787976377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787976378
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lencioni is fast defining the next generation of leadership thinkers.”—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager ä and Full Steam Ahead

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Based on the New York Times best-selling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Lencioni is fast defining the next generation of leadership thinkers."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager™ and Full Steam Ahead

In the years following the publication of Patrick Lencioni's best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, fans have been clamoring for more information on how to implement the ideas outlined in the book.

In Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni offers more specific, practical guidance for overcoming the Five Dysfunctions—using tools, exercises, assessments, and real-world examples. He examines questions that all teams must ask themselves: Are we really a team? How are we currently performing? Are we prepared to invest the time and energy required to be a great team?

Written concisely and to the point, this guide gives leaders, line managers, and consultants alike the tools they need to get their teams up and running quickly and effectively.


More About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping leaders improve their organizations' health since 1997. His principles have been embraced by leaders around the world and adopted by organizations of virtually every kind including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, professional sports teams, the military, nonprofits, schools, and churches.

Lencioni is the author of ten business books with over three million copies sold worldwide. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, and USA Today.

Prior to founding The Table Group, Lencioni served on the executive team at Sybase, Inc. He started his career at Bain & Company and later worked at Oracle Corporation.

Lencioni lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their four sons.

To learn more about Patrick and The Table Group, please visit www.tablegroup.com.

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I was intrigued by the article to read the whole book.
Donna Funk
I have used these concepts with many of my clients and recommended many of them read it to help build stronger executive and management teams.
Geoffrey Wake
Great team exercises to help overcome team dysfunctions.
Matthew Fischer

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211 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Davis on June 5, 2006
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Lencioni begins the discussion concerning overcoming the five dysfunctions of a team by asking two questions that should be asked BEFORE any team building effort:

1. Are we really a team?

2. Are we ready for heavy lifting?

His definition of a team, "a relatively small number of people...that shares common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them" seems logical enough, but what I really liked was his overall attitude. He seemed to suggest that if your group isn't a team, well that's OK too, but regardless, be clear about who and what you are. The heavy lifting reference simply means that building a team, similar to any marriage or other worthwhile relationship, takes a considerable investment in time and emotional energy.

Dysfunction #1 is the absence of trust, so building trust is the key to overcoming this first dysfunction. Lencioni's definition of trust in one where vulnerability is paramount thus beginning to trust starts with showing vulnerability, usually by telling some personal history story that includes some important challenge that was overcome during childhood. The reasoning for this is based on something called the fundamental attribution error. Simply stated, this is the tendency to attribute (falsely) the negative behavior of others to their character while attributing our own negative behavior to the environment. In other words, I do bad things because of the situation I've been placed in, while you do bad things because you are a bad person. This personal story exercise helps individuals to understand each other at a more fundamental level by showing how each person became the individual that they are, at least in some small way.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vicki A. Anderson on March 13, 2006
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This does give exercises that go with the book if you want to use it in training sessions and it leads you through how to use the concepts with your team. I think it would be valuable in an intact team. I used one of the exercises with a staff retreat recently with some success. I think it will take a skilled facilitator to use it, though.
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on April 17, 2005
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A couple of years ago Mr. Lencioni published a book on the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. In it he listed the problems that if allowed to continue would destroy a teams effectiveness, and quite possibly destroy the team itself. As a result of questions and comments from readers he has produced this guide to specifically address how to overcome these dysfunctions.

The particular points beind addressed include:

Building Trust

Mastering Conflict

Achieving Commitment

Embracing Accountability

Focusing on Results.

Each of these points is discussed with a view towards increasing the functionality of the team. This is followed by questions and comments from participants in classes and seminars and finally by some exercises in helping to build the team.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Baldwin on December 9, 2007
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I'm not a big fan of management books because they tend to get long-winded, technical, and impractical. This book is none of the three.

I did not read the original book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable" (240 pages), but with this field guide, you don't need to read it. The field guide is 180 pages of easy reading. It's not complicated, very practical, and you don't need to be a CEO to implement the concepts.

I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend this book to anyone who labors in futility on a fumbling team. It's worth your time.
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Not only does this book cover mistakes and problems within a team, it explains a way to address the problems. This book goes one more than, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable".

Don't just tell me about a problem, tell me how to fix it.

Jeff Howard
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Casey on February 19, 2006
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Lencioni again speaks clear, insightful & practical knowledge and concepts. This field guide is a must-have for everyone in a position of leadership and influence. The foundations of successful team building laid out in the "Five Dysfunctions of A Team" are built upon here with real world ideas on how to overcome the problems that undermine progress and harmonious achievement.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larry Kudlow on June 11, 2006
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Having read Lenconi's first book, a parable titled "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team", I was curious about this follow up title. I believe this book is better than the original title because it provides practical solutions. Lenconi recommends disclosure of a childhood vulnerability that you overcame as a starting point for building trust. Overcoming self interest by keeping common goals visible to the team is also recommended. I highly recommend this book along with Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self (to teach teams how to consistently maximize situations) and Winning (to teach leaders how to put principles into practice).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terrence Gargiulo on February 24, 2006
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New and seasoned professionals leading teams will find lots of rich practical advice. Using the five dysfunctions of teams from his previous book, Lencioni provides readers with excellent tools to stay focused and keep their teams performing. The techniques offered in this book, along with its guiding questions will help anyone reflect on the dynamics of their teams and uncover a whole host of new ways to invigorate them. As a professional facilitator I see this book as an indispensable resource.
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