The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J–B Lencioni Series) Hardcover – 18 Apr 2002
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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)
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.See all Product description
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A practical book that can help any business create a true team, which sad to say in business, is a very rare occurrence.
The secret is to build a team from the bottom up and not the top down. It's a pyramid thing!
It doesng to into unnecessary detail which kept me really engaged from start to finish.
It just makes sense as well. And I can really identify all of this with my work situation. As an HR Manager I found this really useful in approaching a pretty similar situation and articulating what I have identified in a really straightforward and clear way. Thank you Patick Lencioni!
Patrick's "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" was instrumental in opening my eyes to the symptoms and root causes of dysfunctional teams. Now, this deceptively small field book has helped me understand the practical steps I could take to resolve the root causes of poor teamwork in my organisation.
The wealth of experience distilled into this book is staggering. As I have applied the suggested tools with my team, they have responded in many of the ways Patrick has encountered with other teams. That has bolstered my confidence and enthusiasm to push through some very difficult discussions.
You'll need lots of courage and determination to build a great team, but with this book you'll have access to Patrick's knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and sense of fun.
Thank you Patrick for taking time to answer so many questions raised by "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" and proving a tremendously helpful set of tools and advice.
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.