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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Hardcover – April 11 2002
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- Publisher : Jossey-Bass (April 11 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 229 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0787960756
- ISBN-13 : 978-0787960759
- Item weight : 398 g
- Dimensions : 22.23 x 15.24 x 2.54 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I strongly recommend that you read “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable“ and the follow-up book “The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues” one after the other.
Patrick Lencioni’s fables are fabulously crafted and help to bring the reader directly into the mindset of two leaders facing conundrums - how do I turn a company’s culture around to recognize the power of effective teams.
The fables are easily to visualize within your imagination., and you will likely find many of Patrick’s characters familiar from your own career!
Patrick’s first book highlights why teams often fail - and then shows how through strong but loving leadership Kathryn, the CEO starts to move her executive team into one powerful unit. All team members are absolutely focused on a common goal; with no time for “look at me - I am more important” or “my project is more important than your project” egos; and where team members hold each other accountable for meeting their stated responsibilities, function and outcomes.
The second book’s fable follows Jeff, a character from the first book, as he finds himself suddenly thrust into the CEO’s role - and with his HR and Operations manager through trial and error (and some excellent background research) discover the three key traits that each team member MUST have.
Both books show the important impact that each person must play in effecting the change necessary to turn their part of a company or organization into a team-based group.
Leaders must show the same three traits as their team members; and walk the talk through: encouraging the growth of each of the three traits in their direct reports; hiring individual who show the three traits; and making it extremely uncomfortable for individuals on the team who aren’t prepared to change their weaknesses.
I hope that you read these two books together and that you find them as fun and informative as I did.
Best wishes to all of you who want to help lead your teams effectively or work in an organization where these traits are embraced!
To be honest, I like more the fables itself than the explanations that come afterwards
I believe the stories are enough to understand the point but then he ads the explanations to justify the price of the book, as otherwise the book would be too short.
Five dysfunctions described in the book are always present around us. This book helps to us identify them. As an example the first dysfunction is Trust and the writer not only tells us why it is a dysfunction but also how to address that. Same is the case with Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results.
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It;’s easy to read and I’m sure you will recognise many of the characters and dysfunctions, in fact you have probably worked with many of them.
I brought 14 to accompany our leadership programmes and it was met with resounding approval!
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What have I not learnt from this book is a better question!
Good, easy to read and very thought provoking.
More interesting than any other leadership book I’ve read!
Very powerful way of letting you the reader grasp the concepts and immediately relate them to you past / present of future roles.
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!