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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (4 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739332570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739332573
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling business author. In addition to his writing, he is president and founder of The Table Group, a firm that develops new ideas for making organizations more effective. Patrick is also a leading keynote speaker and a sought-after consultant to CEOs and teams at various organizations including large, multinational companies, start-ups, and non-profits.

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In keeping with the parable style, Lencioni ( The Five Temptations of a CEO) begins by telling the fable of 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, president of his own management consulting firm and author of The Five Temptations of a CEO. 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 story is about a female CEO who is hired to bring together a dysfunctional executive staff to work as a team in a company that just two years earlier had looked promising. The scenarios that follow 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. The five dysfunctions discussed are absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. At the end of the story, the main points are summarized, and clearly written suggestions and exercises are offered to help, bring about change. Concise and easy to follow, this book is recommended for academic and public libraries with management collections and for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement. Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Call. Lib. Garden City, NY (Library Journal, April 15, 2002)

"...there is a lot of good sense in this book...certainly offers some useful pointers..." (Supply Management, 28 March 2002)

"...is worth exploring..." (Progress, Summer 2002)

"...an entertaining quick read filled with information easy to digest..." (The star online, 12 August 2003)



"Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group."

"Concise and easy to follow, this book is recommended for academic and public libraries with management collections and for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement." (Library Journal, April 15, 2002)

"...there is a lot of good sense in this book...certainly offers some useful pointers..." (Supply Management, 28 March 2002)

"...is worth exploring..." (Progress, Summer 2002)

"...an entertaining quick read filled with information easy to digest..." (The star online, 12 August 2003)

 

gripping highly recommended.  (Talent Engagement Review, June 2011).

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"As compelling, readable and practical as his other books. I′m sure this will be another business classic."
Richard Carr, President & CEO, TEC International

"Every manager and executive will recognize themselves somewhere in this book. Lencioni distills the problems that keep even the most talented teams from realizing their full potential. Even more important, he shows in prose that is crisp, clear, and fun to read how to solve them."
Geoffrey A. Moore, Chairman, The Chasm Group, Author, Crossing the Chasm; Inside the Tornado; Living on the Fault Line

"I read most best–selling business books. What sets Lencioni apart is his ability to provide insightful and practical solutions to complex management challenges."
Phillip Hildebrand, Executive VP and Chief Distribution Officer, New York Life Insurance Company

"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.

"Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams."
Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Comergent Technologies

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Patrick Lencioni offers a satisfactory fable about an executive wrestling to take hold of a company and create a smoothly functioning executive team. The narrative moves right along as he addresses the problem of feckless teamwork with the fictitious Decision Tech company as a test case. The novel is interesting, and you can read through it easily, getting to know the characters and participating in their business decisions. However, if you just want to learn about better teamwork quickly and leave, skim to the final chapters. Here, the author outlines a detailed model for diagnosing the five dysfunctions of a team and provides exercises and techniques to ameliorate those dysfunctions. The advice is complete and concrete. We recommend the meat and potatoes diagnosis and solutions as well as the cake and ice cream story, but how much narrative you want to read may depend on what shape your team is in when you start, as well as on your taste for tales.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Moules on 12 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lencioni tells a leadership fable about a corporate executive team, then lays out five very practical "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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read enough management books to I hope know the good from the bad - the fact that this book is the first one that after having read it I immediately started to read all over again, makes it for me a unique offering. This is due to:

1. The subject is one which applies in so many work situations that its potentially wide application cannot be denied. The comments made by other reviewers as to recognising the many different types of personalities involved and the five individual issues from their own experiences demonstrates the consistency of the problems being identifiable under many different factual scenarios.

2. The book is written in a very easily assimilated style and precise chapters per point plus the use of a fictional parable style story makes it come alive in a way that rarely happens in most management books.

3. The analysis of the five issues having been gone through is then in a summary end piece restated not only as to their individual relevance but also how they inter-relate and practical methods of addressing each is provided - this hands on solution solving makes the book a very powerful basis for personal decision making using the tools provided.

In part the impact of the book on myself may reflect that I read it as I was starting to grapple with one of the most difficult teams I have had to ever lead in over twenty years of management roles. That this book provided me with a number of options to consider and apply in making progress reflects the true value of the lessons it shares.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack Feeney-Author / Analyst on 23 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sound (and usable) tenets of teamwork wrapped up in a very readble and interesting story. Great way to get the points across, and the characters are definitely believable - you'll recognize most of them.
The last section offers simple, practical and useful remedies for dysfunctional teams but doesn't condescend or patronise, in the way that the 'One Minute manager' books do.
Easily read in two or three hours and offering good advice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Butler on 14 Nov. 2005
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I usually hate management books with "parables" in because I find them badly written, contrived and twee. This one is better than most - the story is plausible (and familiar) and Lencioni's writing style is punchy and clear. More importantly, it conceals an excellent model of senior team development.
What I like about the model is that all the stuff I already use in organisational development slots in nicely: what it gives is a clear roadmap. Using the model, both the facilitator and the participants can all be clear about what they are doing and why. For example, I've used psychometrics many times, but using them within the framework of building trust (the first stage in the model) seemed to make the learning deeper and more lasting.
Anyone who is part of a senior level team (where the team members are also team leaders), or anyone who works with these teams should find the book useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a work by Patrick Lencioni, author of eight previously well recognised books in the USA. Patrick is the founder and president of The Table Group, a management consultancy firm that specializes in executive team development and organisational health. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is essentially geared towards senior and board level team development, although Patrick argues that the themes contained within can be applied to most, if not all, team environments.

Without wanting to give too much away the premise for the narrative is that ineffective teams are usually guilty of some if not all of the following Five dysfunctions - Inattention to results, Avoidance of Accountability, Lack of Commitment, Fear of Conflict and Absence of Trust. All this sounds on the surface too simple to be true, but Patrick argues that although the themes are basic, to contextualize them into a team environment is much more difficult, and hence is the reason why failing teams find it so difficult to break out of the losing habit.

The first three quarters of the book is presented as a 'Leadership Fable', and as such is a short story derived from Patrick's prior experiences of team building. This is no bad thing. I must admit I had my doubts when I began reading but the story itself is held together admirably by the main plot line of Kathryn Peterson, the new CEO's struggle in encouraging the dysfunctional board of directors to work with each other to achieve results as opposed to individually to satisfy their own ego's. Patrick's literary techniques, including the use of character development and cliff-hangers to keep the reader engaged, works well and as such as a reader I was keen to see the story through to its conclusion.
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