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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by [Lencioni, Patrick M.]
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The Ideal Team Player is a quick, engaging, and informative read great for the beach or your next trip. (Opensource, June 2016)

A book Lencioni fans were waiting for (The Marketing Society, July 2016)

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"You guys really dropped the ball on the teamwork project."

They didn′t say anything, so Jeff continued, focusing on Bobby. "You said it wasn′t just posters and t–shirts, but what else was it?" Before they could answer, he went on. "Because you don′t seem to know what you mean when you talk about team players."

"We didn′t say " Clare wanted to explain, but Jeff wouldn′t let her.

"Oh wait. I forgot." Jeff was being sarcastic, but not rude. "You do have one clear definition. A person can′t be a jackass."

They laughed, but in a guilty sort of way.

In his classic best–selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking, new approach for attacking the dangerous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here, he turns his focus to the individual member of a team, revealing the three indispensable virtues that make some people better team players than others.

Lencioni′s latest page–turning fable is the story of a leader desperate to save his company by cracking the code on the virtues that define a true team player. Jeff Shanley takes over his family′s locally revered construction firm and realizes that the only way to deliver on the two biggest projects in the company′s history is to rapidly build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues.To do that, he′ll have to confront and risk losing talented employees who don′t know how to work on a team, and convince his fiery VP of operations not to lower the company′s hiring standards in the face of short–term business pressure.

Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a powerful framework and easy–to–use tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players in any kind of organization.Whether you′re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork, a human resources professional looking to hire real team players, or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, The Ideal Team Player will prove

to be as practical as it is compelling.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1776 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 8126563877
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (25 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B6AEJJ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2016
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Teambuilding is an essential management skill, while being a team player is essential to any organisation’s success. Subtitled, “How to recognise and cultivate the three essential virtues,” this book uses ‘a leadership fable,’ to help illustrate the authors suggestions. We begin with the Fable, which is split into five parts – The Situation, Diagnosis, Discovery, Implementation and Indicators.

We then move onto the Model – the three virtues of an ideal team player, defining those virtues, the history of the model, the ideal team player model, application, connecting this to the five dysfunctions of a team and a final thought.

Obviously, I work in an organisation and I also manage people, so this is something I can utilise myself. I also work for a college which offers business courses (among others) and so this was of interest to me as I am always looking for authors/books that we might want to use in terms of curriculum and our library. I was very impressed with this and feel it is a useful, readable book (important when, so often, business books are very dry) with a lot to offer in practical terms.
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This is the third book that I have read by this author, and like the other two it is incredibly good. Firstly, it is very readable, this black hardback with a well designed grey slipcover, conceals a business like font on bright white pages, making it easy to focus. Chapters are short and well focussed, and they work together drawing you into his story. This is what makes Lencioni so good to read - he doesn't lecture you on the fine points of team working, but rather invites you to discover them in a story he tells. In fact the author refers to his story as a 'fable' in which the characters in a very believable context come across issues which he offers an answer to. This 'learning by story' method is a proven one and makes all his ideas work in this imaginary context.
Lencioni is truly outstanding in his field and offers great leadership training and this particular book enhances his reputation and builds on it to deliver three key virtues for team building. The first three quarters of the book are the fable and the last quarter summarises his model and provides practical applications. Besides being an excellent training tool that will help condition your thinking in a positive and productive way, this book happens to tell a great story too. I would not hesitate to buy anything that he writes - he clearly brings a lot to the table!
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I'm a big fan of Lencioni and wasn't disappointed this time. It doesn't have the "light bulb" moment for me that "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series) had, but it's still a good fable and good advice at the end. The most important thing for me were example interview questions to find out the personality traits. As a software developer, I have worked with a lot of people that are quite clearly missing at least one of the three ideals. I have seen the damage they do first hand, so I can't wait to apply some of the advice.
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2016
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I like Patrick Lencioni books and have all of them, I think. The style is beguilingly simple, with its story-like fable, followed by a simple apologetic for the model and its workings in practice. I have already used this book as the basis for training in my own small business and consider, what Lencioni terms the three virtues of hunger, humility and smartness to be a perfect description of team-working in action. Well written, well argued and comprehensible, this book and the others in the series, are good reading and the perfect antidote to much more dryly academic and/or 'in your face' sales tactics that pass for team working instructionals.
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Very engaging and well written. Not only does it outline the three virtues but there's a set of interview questions included to ensure that others meet the necessary criteria. A practical, helpful guide, with something new and refreshing to offer in this saturated market.
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In my opinion, Pat Lencioni is among the most creative and influential business thinkers now doing all they can to accelerate the personal growth and professional development of as many people as possible. He is grand master of the business fable. Expect no elusive cheese or melting icebergs. He anchors his insights in real-world situations, focusing on fictitious characters with whom most executives can easily identify. That said, the details of the fable are best revealed within the narrative, in context, as events unfold. I now concentrate on what I think Lencioni’s key points in his latest book.

First, whereas in an earlier book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he examines what the title correctly indicates, his purpose now is to introduce his Ideal Team Player model and stress the importance of having people who possess three underlying, essential virtues that enable them to be ideal team players: they are humble, hungry, and smart. As simple as those words may appear, none of them is exactly what they seem. Understanding the nuances of these virtues is critical for applying them effectively.”

The extensive research that Lencioni and his associates conducted suggests that “these three seemingly obvious qualities are to teamwork what speed, strength, and coordination are to athletes— they make everything else easier.” Obviously, organizational performance will be determined by the performance of the people it can recruit, hire, develop, and then retain. It is no coincidence that the companies annually ranked as most highly regarded and best to work for are also among those annually ranked as most profitable with the greatest cap value in their industry.
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