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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (2002)

by Patrick Lencioni

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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, 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.… (more)
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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.

***Recommended by Chris Harrington
  jennrashctfcu | Feb 16, 2024 |
Useful concepts with a fairly realistic scenario but 2.5 stars for endorsing Meyers-Briggs; which is complete and utter bullshit. ( )
  zomgpwnbbq | Oct 4, 2023 |
Kind of shitty. Trying to present the ideas of dysfunctions, and the converse, strengths, of teams, through a narrative which was grating and not very well written. At least the chapters were short, making it a relatively easy read.
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Promoting MBTI and DiSC personality profiles as ‘not astrology’ is plain wrong. And I lose all respect and trust in a writer that ends his afterword referencing a religion. ( )
  amberwitch | Apr 27, 2023 |
A little simplistic, but a good way to think about root causes of team dysfunctions when you're not really sure what's happening. ( )
  nimishg | Apr 12, 2023 |
Starts with a fiction team that is not working way and showing them their shotcoming and helping them through them with various games. Then is the non-fiction part explaining pretty much the same. It can be a good starting point and gives some good insights. ( )
  Aira322 | Aug 1, 2022 |
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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, 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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