The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team A Leadership Fable 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 T

  • Title: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
  • Author: Patrick Lencioni
  • ISBN: 9780787960759
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, DIn 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.

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    1. I've been in corporate America for just under 4 years now. In my time, I've never really bought into the majority of management strategies I've seen because well, they blatantly do not work; and if they do, its at an absurd cost of employee retention, dissatisfaction and needless overwork.Passive aggressiveness, no accountability, scared of conflict I see it too often, and I'm constantly frustrated by it. And just when I thought I was alone, I read this book and was completely blown away. Everyt [...]

    2. Bear with me. I am highly skeptical of models as methods versus tools (I will explain later) and of corporate literature. With that bias, this book would have been lucky to get three stars from me. Please keep that in mind.What I mean by a model as a method versus a tool, is that when a model is presented to help people try and understand how something functions I have no problem with it. Meyers-Briggs personality test is a great example. Fun to take and compare with people and get an idea of wh [...]

    3. Five Dysfunctions of a TeamAs a consultant who has worked with hundreds of teams in organizations large and small, I can attest that model outlined in “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” is both accurate in it’s root diagnosis of team dysfunctionalism, and is as pervasive as human nature itself. As with all of Lencioni’s books, he opens with a fable and concludes with the model that is the basis for the story’s solution. In the fable, a new CEO is confronted with a dysfunctional executiv [...]

    4. This is another one of my “have to” and not “want to” reads. I would never even consider reading one of these types of books for fun, they are not my style at all. The information they contain is usually common sense stuff that people are aware of but unwilling or unable to incorporate into their day-to-day work lives. Most jobs are group based versus individual and even if you are in the mindset to make whatever changes that books like this deem necessary, it doesn’t mean everyone els [...]

    5. Simply, this book is "Must read books" list, I liked the story way to write the book, and the simple make Sense model of the five dysfunctions of teams I already recommended this books to my friends, it's must read for every oneI will recommend that the reader should be ware of "Tuckman's stages of group development" which will put this book in the right context

    6. This is a one of the best business novels out there. I love the idea of introducing concepts through a storyline of a fictional organization. The only thing better would be if it were based on actual events that was told in story form.Kathryn is a CEO who takes over a company struggling with its market share and profit. She has the courage to attack the difficult issues rarely losing her composure and delivers criticism in a way that it mostly encourages discussion and positive conflict. I canno [...]

    7. forced to read this one for work. did some awful group work with it also. really not that helpful in a bullshit retail situation.

    8. First line: "Only one person thought Kathryn was the right choice to become CEO of DecisionTech, Inc.Summary: Lencioni identifies five problems with executive teams, which he presents through a story (fable) and then analyzes.Spoilers! In as much as reference books can have spoilers.The 5 dysfunctions are:1. Absence of trust. Where trust is comfort with showing vulnerability and admitting mistakes to teammates.2. Fear of conflict. Teams need to be able to have passionate debate and walk away wit [...]

    9. I'm relatively new to the corporate world and observe heavy reliance on inane hierarchical-pyramid models and very linear "cycles" designed to describe organizations, relationships, goals, processes, progress and, ultimately, success. 'Five Dysfunctions' is a great example. While I'd love to rip into this book's awkward narrative structure, cartoonish characters, and childish melodrama, I'm certain many already have. If this book is to be considered a fable, it is only for its oversimplification [...]

    10. I read this book 10 years ago when it was first released. Back then I was at a point in my career where the lessons of this book were not really applicable to my circumstances. I decided to give it another read as I remembered it to be a good book and since its release it has also gained a reputation as one of the better books on the topics of Leadership and Organizational Development.The book tells a story to illustrate the dysfunctions using the setting of an executive team in a fictitious com [...]

    11. Skeptical business book reader, I had zero expectations from this book. I only took it because it was less than 150 pages and was recommended by two people whose opinion I respected. I am happy to admit that I was wrong. The book is written as a story of new leader coming to an IT company with poorly acting management team. The way she managed her new team members - very different, often contradicting and conflicting with each other or working in their silos - is great learning process on effect [...]

    12. Отличная книга, просто и понятно описан ситуация, инструменты, методы простейшей диагностики команды. Все описанное в книге отзывается мне на 100% и может я бы добавил бы ещё кое-что В общем, я прочитав понял почему многие предприниматели и лидеры ставят эту книгу в топ-10 к об [...]

    13. Certainly a guide most of us are in dire need of or everyone should at least read once. It's necessary for teams or groups not just in the corporate world, but I think in all areas, even in university or school level.The translation by Farjana Mobin, and Onnorokom Prokashoni was just amazing. It's like I have become a part of Katheryn's team myself. Hats off to the translating team for bringing such an important book to the attention of the people of this country and hats off to the author for w [...]

    14. Was chosen for a work thing, then we all realized that it didn't apply to our group, because we actually aren't dysfunctional at all, so we scrapped our plan to discuss it and went skiing instead!That being said, I did learn some very valuable lessonsok, I didn'tbut I did read it, at least. For the good of the team.

    15. Usually books about leadership, teamwork, and organizational culture bore me to death, but this one is different; I finished it in around two hours, and it was an interesting read all the way through. As the description notes, Lencioni crafts a fictional but realistic story around a high-tech Silicon Valley startup in crisis: although they have better technology, expertise, and initial investments, in recent months they have been rapidly ceding their advantage to competitors. A new CEO renowned [...]

    16. 3 stars means "liked it." This book contains a lot of wisdom, some of which is counter-intuitive for some people who've never worked on a positive team. For example, the first dysfunction -- lack of trust -- is hindered by the need to be invincible and helped when people learn to be vulnerable, to "trust that their peers' intentions are good and there is no reason to be protective or careful around the group." Some people will read those words and think that there is no group of people where the [...]

    17. This was helpful, I think. I liked the suggestions for nonintrusive team-building exercises re personal histories and work contributions (below). If you don't have time to read this, the 5 dysfunctions are: (1) absence of trust (manifests as invulnerability), (2) fear of conflict (manifests as artificial harmony), (3) lack of commitment (manifests as ambiguity), (4) avoidance of accountability (manifests as low standards),(5) inattention to results (manifests as status and ego). Personal history [...]

    18. I'm so sad that this is the first book I've finished in 2012. It was chosen for a book study at school. It's an easy read, and has some very good points and good information for team building. But, books like this are just annoying to me. I'm not a fan of fables. It feels condescending. They just aren't my thing.Kathryn takes over as CEO of a software company and works to rebuild the leadership team of vice-presidents. She ruffles feathers, but ultimately prevails in building a cohesive, goal-or [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this little book. It's been on my list for a while, and got moved to the front of the list as we're going to discuss it at a management retreat next month. I can see why it is a classic. It covers several problems in team dynamic that resonate with things we're already discussing. It is immediately on-topic and actionable.

    20. This identifies the causes of dysfunction in a team, and tells how to avoid them. It's astute, applicable guidance on improving a team's performance by improving behavior. The first part is a fable, and the second part is an explanation of the concepts.It starts by saying that teamwork, more than products, tech, etc make a company successful. Teamwork disintegrates if even one of the 5 dysfunctions is present. Teams succeed because they're exceedingly human. By acknowledging imperfections, they [...]

    21. "In the context of building a team, trust is the confidence among team members that their peers' intentions are good, and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around the group. In essence, teammates must get comfortable being vulnerable with one another."This.

    22. من الجدير ان يتسأل المرء الذي يعيش في مجتمع يعتمد بدرجة اولى على العمل الجماعي ماسبب فشلنا على رغم المهارات و الطاقة الهائلة التي يحظى بها الفريق! يسعى الكاتب لتوضيح خمس عوامل تؤدي لخلل العمل الجماعي من ثم يطرح بعض الحلول الفعالة كتاب مفيد جدًا لمن يعمل في فرق سواء علميًّا او [...]

    23. I've been hesitant to read business-oriented books in the past. I've laid out my reasons why in a separate blog post. When I was invited to participate in a book club at work and read and discuss the business book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team I was thrilled to participate, but my excitement was more in being able to interact with other leaders and not as much regarding the book itself. Happily, I found some value in the book and would be willing to recommend it to the others.The first red fla [...]

    24. This is a story about a team of executives who are suffering from five dysfunctions that have pretty much crippled them. As repeated a few times in the book, they should be doing great. They have more money, a better product and more promise than their competitors, but they are failing. The heroine is Kathryn, the new CEO brought in to turn them and the company around.Told as a story, this is a pretty good method of teaching what the dysfunctions are while giving examples of what they look like [...]

    25. What the book is about?1. A fictional tale of the corporate personality & process challenges people face on a day-to-day basis.2. Written in a clear, easy-to-understand manner with each character being portrayed in a manner that anyone can relate to.3. Divided into two parts - the first part being attributed to the fictional story and the second part being dedicated to the non-fictional and at times academic style of teaching and preaching.4. A call-to-action on the 5 dysfunctions of a team [...]

    26. Patrick Lencioni classified 5 dysfucntions of a team:1. Abesent of trust 2. Fear of conflict 3. Lack of commitment4. Avoidance of accountability 5. Inattention to result The story is little bit strange to me as the recruit or promotion of a senior management seems to be so open and become a company decision instead of teh CEO make it final. It is not important for the theme of this book, just make me feel strange when reading this section. Is that cultural difference I found? However, I would co [...]

    27. Good book well, good ideas anyway. Just like I like the idea of a business novel/fable. I've just yet to see one that is written by a real writer with you know characters and action and stuff. Still, it's more interesting than the usual business book.What sets this book apart is not the sophistication of its ideas. It's not the clarity of the presentation or the detail of its implementation. Each idea on its own is commonsensical. But, the combination of ideas, in particular, the combinations [...]

    28. This is a nice book, and Patrick Lencioni has a pleasant writing style. By using a fictional story, Lencioni is able to avoid the common pitfall of almost every other leadership book: dredging up real-life examples of success. This real-life example tactic begins to feel tired and unoriginal to me, so I appreciated Lencioni's different approach.Though his points are very good and the story is interesting, I also felt that Katherine's everyday work life in the story is much more calm and peaceful [...]

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