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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Written by: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
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In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a 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. 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 scenarios 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. At the end of the story, the main points are summarized, and clearly expressed suggestions and exercises are offered to help bring about change. Concise and easy to follow, this program is recommended for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is also available in print from Wiley.

©2002 Patrick Lencioni
(P)2002 Random House Inc.

What the critics say

"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.)

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I read this book a few months ago but wanted to give it another go. The narrator did a wonderful job in telling the story. this is a book any leader should have in their library and listen to once a year

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Was a good book. I enjoyed how it was written. And the audio is also good.

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Must read for managers!

Great audiobook for managers, short and very practical. Very insightful and tells you key things to focus on to improve your team performance and culture.

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Short, easy read, good advice

A common sense book. Very short and easy read. Good reminders of what makes a team succeed. Trust and meaningful dialogue, productive conflict and shared goals.

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Quick and Easy

This is an easy listen and told in a very unique way. The story format helps you understand the concepts easily. I found the story to resolve a little too easily than it might in real life but it was still relevant. #Audible1

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Enlightening treaty on managing effective teams

Refreshing delivery for a serious approach to a crucial issue for managers at all levels.

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Actionable advice to get the most from your team.

Many books are full of fluff and advice that you can’t actually implement. What I like about this book was that the advice was practical. It gave me tools that I can utilize to identify where my team needs to improve where I need to improve as a leader, and how to help my team become the best that I can be.

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Excellent story method

Great way to convey the point by writing it as an account. The reader used slight accenting for each character (except Martin) which didn’t take away from the details.

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I reread this book every year or two

This book never disappoints. I truly believe in this model and have used it to create many highly functional teams. It is amazing how difficult it can be to go through this process and how rewarding it is to yield its benefit.

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Enjoyable and very informative

I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book. Interesting, well developed story and a direct approach in how to achieve and maintain this team focused strategy. I loved it!

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