- Hardcover: 229 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (April 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 812650675X
- ISBN-13: 978-8126506750
- ASIN: 0787960756
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,763 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again using an astutely written fictional tale to unambiguously but painlessly deliver some hard truths about critical business procedures, Patrick Lencioni targets group behavior in the final entry of his trilogy of corporate fables. And like those preceding it, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is an entertaining, quick read filled with useful information that will prove easy to digest and implement. This time, Lencioni weaves his lessons around the story of a troubled Silicon Valley firm and its unexpected choice for a new CEO: an old-school manager who had retired from a traditional manufacturing company two years earlier at age 55. Showing exactly how existing personnel failed to function as a unit, and precisely how the new boss worked to reestablish that essential conduct, the book's first part colorfully illustrates the ways that teamwork can elude even the most dedicated individuals--and be restored by an insightful leader. A second part offers details on Lencioni's "five dysfunctions" (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results), along with a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams and specifics to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings. Like the author's previous books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, this is highly recommended. --Howard Rothman
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In keeping with the parable style, Lencioni (The Five Temptations of a CEO) 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. 100,000 first printing.
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Finally, I bought the book and was excited to read it. I opened it up, and a cold shiver went down my spine. When I saw that the first section of the book was titled “The Fable” and written like story, I rolled my eyes thinking I just wasted my money. But I pushed through, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book.
I strictly read non-fiction. I have tried, but fiction does not appeal to me. I was tempted to read only the last section of the book which is in essay form, but I’m glad I didn’t. Lencioni can tell a convincing story while driving home the message without being cheesy or painfully obvious.
I definitely think this book would be good for anyone who has to lead a team. Teamwork is incredibly difficult, however it can provide amazing results. I can attest that the five dysfunctions are real and a challenge to overcome.
I should add this book was 'suggested' reading as part of a new 'career profession' program where I work (within the Dept of Defense). I make this point because much of the personnel-related latitude exhibited in the book doesn't exist in any way within our personnel or leadership structure. The system makes holding people accountable almost impossible and is more likely to punish those who try more than those who don't. And yes, that is both sad and embarrassing.
It starts with a "story" that describes how one leader put these practices into play to "save" a struggling leadership team at a tech company. The story part is entertaining and effectively demonstrates the steps to team effectiveness. I think it's interesting that the author couched the title in negative terms, a better title for this book would have been Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. But maybe that was too long. The second half of the book deals in more direct, technical terms with the dysfunctions identified and how much time should be spent on overcoming each along with suggestions for steps to do so. The one thing I missed in this book was that there wasn't just a list of the Five Dysfunctions so that I could refer to it to refresh my memory.
The ideas were all ones I thought were obvious after decades as a team leader, but they were well-distilled into one place here, and this book would be a valuable addition to any leadership library. The big bonus was that I purchased it for Kindle, so my Echo Dot at home could read it aloud to me. I listened while I did my household tasks on a weekend, then I sat down with my mobile device and Kindle app, to review the more in depth portions of the book.
Overall, I found this book well-written and well worth an afternoon's time to read it.
Lencioni puts a spin on his informational book by incorporating his lesson on teamwork into a fable about a dysfunctional team of company leaders and the steps a new CEO takes to amend their political environment and transform them into a productive team. I really enjoyed this book and I believe Lencioni’s tactic to transform his lesson into a fictional story was brilliant. I felt he did a great job putting his lesson into a feasible situation allowing the reader to have a better understanding of the material while also being immersed into the story. The material offered in Lencioni’s book goes well with the material I have learned in various classes about small group communication. I believe he touches on some of the dysfunctions discussed in small group communication but then goes further to explain each dysfunction and then actualizes them in the fable.
I would recommend this book to anybody involved in a team or task group, but I would especially make a recommendation to those who manage a group of people. The only critical review I have for this book would be some editing mistakes I noticed throughout the book.