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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 1.5 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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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).

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fantastic book. Its different in that it reads like a fiction story but just in a business sense. You will learn the journey of a newly appointed CEO that makes changes and how these are discussed and brought up.
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!
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This book was recommended to me by one of the delegates at a recent training. It sounded great and Stephen (the delegate in question) was so enthusiastic about how it helped him understand his team and work more effectively that I just had to pick up a copy and read it. I am glad I did. Patrick Lencioni adopts a "commentary" style and follows Katheryn, a 57 year old executive who is a surprise appointee as a new CEO with responsibility of turning the fortunes of DecisionTech, a technology company, around. It focuses on the stakeholders in the management team and how the dynamics work between each of the players. Flicking back through it it seems a bit cold and shallow but while reading it I was totally caught up in the story and wanted to know how each of the players would react to the unfolding events. You will recognise characters, the situations, the meetings and companies you have worked in. It will remind you of times that you have taken unhelpful positions and it is the style that does that to you. The learning outcome is a useful pyramid model that can assist any manager in bringing a team together. All in all, an engaging book that provides insight and learning that makes it an essential read for progressive managers who believe they really can change things. Is that you?
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Patrick Lencioni has provided leaders and managers with a straightforward and powerful set of values to drive their development effectively. Unusually using a 'real' story to demonstrate the skills and attributes required to enable successful teamwork, he brings the concepts alive through the interactions between a new CEO and their team. The lessons and examples can apply to any industry and to any team - do not assume that it is only relevant to senior teams.

Most importantly these concepts are practical and very real. As a facilitator and training consultant I have found this book to be a valuable resource, as have my clients. We often recommend delegates to read this prior to attendance on a related learning activity.
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Everyone who works in a team should read this book, it has been so enlightening for me!
The application of the theories in thus book is not really easy though.
It really requires an emotional involvement in your day by day job, and this is not easy for a lot of people
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Although it starts out feeling a bit 'light weight', owing to the story telling style used by the author, it doesn't take long to see that there are many useful ideas - which could be applied to any team.
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I found myself reading this book and groaning "why, why why??" a number of times. Why didn't someone give me this book years ago?? Again and again I saw exposed, painful dysfunctions I've experienced in teams I've led, and wished I'd had this resource back then.
The fictional narrative style and setting is a lot less smug and abrasive than many 'how to' management books, and gives the book pace, making it an easy read. I know I'll be reading it more than once. Do your team a favour and read this book.
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Easy to read, with a clear message and some practical examples of what to do and not to do when leading a team. Well recommended.
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A very readable book which looks at how to build a team that is effective. The story makes it very easy to read and helps the reader to apply to real life situations. Whilst I am not involved in business I found this book very applicable to all settings in which I have led and been in teamsIF you are familiar with theories of group dynamics which is often only descriptive this looks at behavioural characteristics which is very helpful.
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