- Hardcover: 229 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (April 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787960756
- ISBN-13: 978-0787960759
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,847 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable 1st Edition
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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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This book is a requirement for one level of ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) at our company. I hope many people read it.
The reading is easy. It's easy to keep track of who's who (too many books think that they're being clever by having a zillion characters and then writing it off as character development). The real-world situations bring it to life -- not in a rosy, all-is-well, way, but how it would probably go down in similar situations.
The team is a high-level (i.e., senior) team, but certainly applies to lower level teams as well. There aren't a lot of exacting details on how to implement things, but I think that's the beauty of fables -- you have to work it into your own situation.
Team building has been so important in all of the above, but in my experience team building has been illusive, hit or miss. The modern myth is you must understand team because you are on a team.
Well, not so.
This book emphasizes clearly that your organization, business, board, committee or sporting team can accomplish so much more, if you purposefully work the elements of teamwork.
All teams, even the professionals, practice the fundamentals daily. KISS. This book begins with the simple premise that team work is founded on trust, but it must be practiced. So simple, but the case study that Lencioni uses demonstrates the workability of the premise. Make a plan to build a team and then consciously work your plan. Trust takes courage and determination.
All my past team experiences where I have been a player or a leader could have benefited from this book.
The story is written as a novel with a summary chapter to reinforce the message at the end of the story. I found it captivating. So much so that I sat in my driveway with the engine running....waiting to find out what was going to happen next.
I don't want to spoil the message...as others have. What I do want to point out is all the other parts of the story that helped reinforce what I need to do as a manager of people and also as a staff member with other executives -- besides eliminating the 5 dysfunctions.
If you are herding cats in your organization, this story is a lesson in aligning interests and setting priorities. Don't miss the 'reiterate a clear, consistent message' part of the story either...
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