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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.

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Hardcover, 227 pages
Published April 11th 2002 by Jossey-Bass
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Navarra A very close friend was recently in a job situation where the boss displayed behaviour consistent with a pathological narcissist. While the company sp…moreA very close friend was recently in a job situation where the boss displayed behaviour consistent with a pathological narcissist. While the company spent loads of money on a leadership and community-building seminar that paralleled some of the things in the book, the narcissistic manager used every thing he learned in the book to make the workplace hell to the point that a huge swath of employees were forced to leave or go on long term stress disability (several supervisors left in the same week). He was so incompetent, and the workplace was so toxic there aren't even words to express how bad it got. These types of books/seminars cannot work when companies allow such toxic managers to have responsibilities in workplaces and do not root them out at speed, particularly when faced with overwhelming the evidence demonstrates that a person is incapable of sane leadership. Company structure often has way more influence over toxic leadership than individuals. (less)

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Neil
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. Eve
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Daniel Silvert
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Five Dysfunctions of a Team
As 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 executive team and
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Jacob
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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Amanda NEVER MANDY
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dull-jane, 2017
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 else you work ...more
Marleigh
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Stephanie
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
How lovely if things were actually this simple.
Vam Norrison
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
محمد الملا
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 one

I will recommend that the reader should be ware of "Tuckman's stages of group development" which will put this book in the right context
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jack
Jan 25, 2009 added it
forced to read this one for work. did some awful group work with it also. really not that helpful in a bullshit retail situation.
Matthew Morrison
Mar 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 lessons...ok, I didn't...but I did read it, at least. For the good of the team.
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Nikki
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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C
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: team leaders
Recommended to C by: Traction
Shelves: business, non-fiction
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, the
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Tania Lukinyuk
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Oceana
Mar 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very fun way of explaining his theory of the aspects of a dysfunctional team and how to work on correcting them. Major teamwork piece. Very informative and useful to bring into my new job!
Robert Chapman
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
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
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Jamie
Feb 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Sarina
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sarina by: My 2nd eldest sis and her husband
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
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Grekz M
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot. I was entertained during the entire read.

Trust your teammates. Don't run away from conflict. Commit. Make yourself and teammates accountable. Focus on team goals over individual goals.
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Douglas Wilson
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lot of good sense in this one.
Justas Butkus
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
The techniques portion leaves a bit to be desired. Although it’s clear that the author tries to show the simplicity of the underlying ideas - the proverbial devil remains in the details.

The short story is just fascinating. Building on the mechanisms pioneered by Goldratt it builds up tension, makes situations feel relatable and leaves wanting for more of the same.
Hanne Rump
Oct 05, 2021 rated it liked it
It is an easy read and it certainly have interesting point.

As for stating it is a fable it is a surprisingly poor piece of literature viewed from the fiction side - which it claim to be stating that it is a fable. It does however do its job in the sense of illustrating points. I am however in doubt as to if it really enables the reader to implement any of this in real life - it might inspire useful discussions and it could be argued that that's the purpose?
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Rita
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hr-stuff
"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.
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Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
This is the best business book I've read, which is to say, it wasn't complete garbage. ...more
Ishi Time
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Thought it was an interesting, helpful, and fun read. Pretty quick to get through as well.
Jacquelin
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is as incredible as I'd heard. I bought it without intending to, (long story), but as always - the Universe was actually putting something in front of me I needed. When I picked it up to read months later, it was the perfect time. Somewhat unfortunately, all the lessons made so much sense because I'd seen them all play out. I look forward to using what I gained from this book moving forward in my professional career. I highly recommend! ...more
Isaac Yuen
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 ...more
Jim B
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
thethousanderclub
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Patricia Hamill
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
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Al
Feb 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Patrick Lencioni is one of the best selling business authors and this is one of his most famous books. I have read him before. I also noticed he was probably the most prolific author on the shelf the last time I perused used books at Half Price.

He calls his style “business fables” which is a story that is about 150 pages long and then 70 or so pages of explanation

The positive is that even if Lencioni is no Raymond Chandler, it hooks the reader better than a text book would. The draw back is th
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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, consultant and founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations become healthy. Lencioni’s ideas around leadership, teamwork and employee engagement have impacted organizations around the globe. His books have sold nearly three million copies worldwide.

When Lencioni is not writing, he consults to
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