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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787976377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787976378
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 20.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,796 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
Patrick Lencioni wrote this as a follow-up to his 2002 "fable," The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It applies the earlier book's concepts, and suggests many exercises, approaches, examples and explanations you can use as you apply those ideas. If you found the first book useful, you'll want this one, though you can still get a lot of utility from it even if you haven't read the original. Lencioni recaps his concepts clearly here, including developing trust among team members and keeping teams focused on their goals. The result is broadly applicable. We believe that readers who want a basic introduction to improving team function will appreciate this book. That said, those looking for more complex or theoretical approaches, or for tools to deal with specific challenges, such as knowledge management among teams, may need a more advanced manual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Tracey on 27 Jan 2012
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If you want people to remember something, tell them a story!
If you want people to learn something, engage them!
Lencioni has a particular style of telling a good story around what is usually a boring and difficult subject, I like his books!

This book is about the critical aspects that must be present in order for a team to function well, if at all!
The dysfunctions are:

Lack of Trust
Fear of Conflict
Lack of Commitment
Avoidance of Accountability
Inattention to Results

For anyone involved in business or any other area of life where the team is important this is an exceptionally easy read, setting out and reinforcing the principles through a case study (from a fictitious company) and really causing one to think.

It is easy to read in an extended sitting.

The format is an entertaining story, very well written, giving a practical example of the issues arising.

This is followed up by a summary chapter which reinforces the principles in the manner of a good text book.

If you are already familiar with the One Minute Manager series of books, you will recognise the format, though in my own opinion, this is to a more professional level.

Get it, Read it and Store it in the Business Bookcase for Reference!

Four plus Stars from me for this one! ****+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Pechey on 22 Jan 2013
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I really like the five dysfunctions model and find it a very helpful way to think about and explain how and why teams don't always work together. There are a lot of practical ideas for how to overcome the dysfunctions, and I will definitely try out as many as I can.
Two things I didn't particularly like: 1) the book feels quite padded out. It could easily have been shorter and simply added to a revised version of the original book, which itself is quite short, but I guess why charge for something once when you can make people pay twice? 2) the author refers several times to his other work and online material that he'd love you to pay for. I realise now that I'm in the wrong industry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dent on 19 Oct 2009
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I did like the practical applications as examples, as well as reviews of methods too - better than the original!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian VINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2009
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Whilst not as widely taught in classrooms, Patrick Lenconi has a very vivid and engaging style. This guide is to be considered as an expansion to his Five Dysfunctions of a Team book.

Where is has use is the setting out of ideas and activities that can be used to guide a group of people and turn them into a more effective team. There are alternatives which can be used depending on circumstances, or even to continue growth.

Where it could be criticised is in the lack of depth of different alternatives to enable usage where a variety of approaches are needed.

Overall this is a very useful guide to take the lessons from the book and use them to make a positive difference within your team.
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