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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780787960759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787960759
  • ASIN: 0787960756
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Ecker on Dec 3 2002
Format: Hardcover
Patrick Lencioni has written an exceptionally interesting fable on optimal team performance. He has prescribed guidelines for team success and applied them in an interesting, easy to read story with a twist. He has defined easy to follow principles that with practice can lead any group or team, large or small to be great.
The book begins with a story of a potentially great company with a dysfunctional executive staff. Even though this company assembled some of the best executives and attracted top tier investors (compared to their closest competitors), the company was on a downslide. Morale was slipping and key employees were leaving. The CEO (and co-founder) was relieved of his title by the board and the search for his successor began.
This company, Decision Tech, was a high profile, two years old company with much at stake. The chairman of the board pushed for hiring Kathryn, an ancient fifty-seven years old by Silicon Valley standards. Employees and the executive staff were stunned with the news of the new hire.
The story develops by weaving Lencioni's team dysfunctions into its web. The fable is enticing and not typical of your "how to produce" guidelines book. The author keeps your interest while at the same time introducing and teaching his methods.
At the end of the story, Mr. Lencioni reviews all levels of team dysfunctions and summarizes and reiterates each. Therefore reinforcing his principles and eliminating confusion.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I found it entertaining, yet very informative. I enjoyed the novel format while receiving important informational steps for success in a team or group.
I would highly recommend this book to any person or group seeking to improve or turn around the team in which they belong. It would be a great tool for corporate teams or even the local high school basketball team. All teams would greatly benefit from Mr. Lencioni's advice.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader, especially of books in the self-help and management classification. I must honestly say that in the last 10 years, this book ranks as the WORST book I have read in the area of management and leadership.
To be fair, it is well written, and an easy read. In fact I was able to read it in just two sittings during travel. Moreover, the overall concepts that the author presents are clear and seem reasonable. So why the bad review?
The fact is the author takes a far too simplistic approach to dealing with the frailties and motivations of individuals. The fictional case study is far too perfect. It is like watching a re-run of "Father Knows Best" and using that as the typical American Family. It is nice to think it, but in practice the world is not that way.
The book does not do justice to some of the real world issues in team leadership: backstabbing employees, co-dependent relationships, substance abuse, neurosis, and overall un-manageable people.
While the book presents some general principals which might work in a "laboratory setting" the leader who trys to follow this verbatim may be in for a shock at the results.
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By Arnie Wohlgemut on June 8 2014
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Great book, I've read other work from Patrick too. Also saw him at the 2013 Willow Creek Global Leadership Conference
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I found this publication to be quite helpful to me in completing an assignment on team development. Understanding the model helps identify a team's strengths and weaknesses.
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I had to read for a Team Building seminar at work, which introduced me to Patrick Lencioni's work. Since I have read many other of his books and others are much more interesting. Good author that can explain big ideas simply.
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The book is separated into 2 sections. The novel or story section is truly captivating and engaging. The characters are well defined and you'll typically recognize people in your own workplace. This is all common sense but the dependancies of the 5 dysfunctions provides a good framework for better understanding of what a great team needs.

The second part of the book is a bit more tedious as it explains more of the theory of the 5 dysfunctions.
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This author is so easily readable and easy to understand - he writes like a fable or a story, so it isn't dry and you actually want to keep reading. I've found most business and management books are very very dull and are hard to get through, not Patrick Lencioni.
This was the first book I read by him and I've since read 4 more. Excellent quality, very solid management tools.
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Without a doubt, this is my favorite management team book for understanding team dynamics. The situations are real, the dysfunctions are real and the suggestions for building a cohesive team are true-to-life corporate life solutions. Every senior management team I have been involved with has these dysfunctions and most organizations don't deal with them in a proactive and productive manner. I highly recommend this book for every manager and business leader. While I have other 'favourites' this is the top of its class! Easy to read, understand and implement.
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