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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition): An Illustrated Leadership Fable

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  52 reviews
The blockbuster bestseller now in a manga edition--fully illustrated and fun to read!

Beautifully illustrated by Kensuke Okabayashi, this enthralling edition of Patrick Lencioni's massive bestseller gives readers a new format in which to understand the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a
Paperback, 173 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass
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Hitessh Panchal
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book on Building and Re-building a team. The book but turns to be boring like a dull classroom lesson. The entire purpose of "Mangafying" the book should not only to make it illustrated, but also add a humor. I wonder why people forget , comics were not just read due to illustration, but also due to humor.

Apart from it , the Black and white version , which adds to the boredom.

There are lessons , and maybe for some the illustration works, but for me , I wanted more !
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
[Note: I read the illustrated manga edition.] I picked this up randomly at my library, curious to see how a notable business book could be translated into manga form. I enjoyed reading it, although as usual with business books, I can't say that everything it covered is applicable to every organization.

I also found it a bit unrealistic how committed all of the executive committee members are to their company -- there's a surprising lack of self-interest among the team, and while it makes sense in
Andras Csibi
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is very engaging, I read it in one sitting. I liked the cliff-hangers and the suspense throughout the book ("Who's gonna be fired at the next retreat, tell me already!"). The model of dysfunctions built on top of each other made sense to me, and I see how they lead to bad results. I think my own team is highly functional in general and this story made me realize why trust and conflict are so important. It made me appreciate that we have it, and I'll work hard on keeping it going. Howev ...more
Leiah J
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why I picked up this book. I'm not into management or business at all. But it was decent, and I can identify with some of the challenges of working in teams. If your employer is pushing "teamwork" at all, I think everyone on the team could benefit from reading something like this. ...more
Jeff Matlow
Oct 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
This is a manga/comic edition to the best selling book. Truthfully, I’m glad I read this than the actual book as I could get through it faster.

The entire idea of the book is right there in the title: there are five dysfunctions that cause dysfunctional teamwork.

This book uses a story of a hypothetical company to exemplify the dysfunctions. If it were me, I would’ve had five company leaders and had each represent a dysfunction. But that’s not what happened. The story is about a new ceo who come
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book describes the five signs of a dysfunctions team in a simple way and provides examples along the story. It's relevant to anyone in management, leadership or simply who works in a team with other people.
In general, I liked the book. The story was engaging. I had fun reading it and finished it in one sitting.
The last time I read a comic book was really long time ago!

The picture below summaries those signs:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book and it weirdly enough, drew me into the plot!! As someone who is starting a new leadership position, watching the main character take charge provided some modeling for how I can approach work.

I recommend this book heartily!!!!

Only reason I have it 4 stars is because the book doesn't necessarily cover all 5 principles equally and I still wanted to read a non-fiction description / the OG book after enjoying the manga version. That said, the end of the book offers a great
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The comic and story format of the book makes the content more accessible and engaging (kinda like the "Unicorn Project" and "Phoenix Project" books). It provides guidance on how to be a better team member on both personal (e.g., behavior, attitude) and collective (e.g., conflicts, accountability) front. Also, it provides guidance on how to build and keep a good team. So, independent of the title, the content is useful for both team members and team leads.

In short, this is a keeper on team work.
Jonathan Johnson
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book
I liked the graphic art style of the book
The book details a fictional lady who takes over a new start up and is tasked to turn it around
She used a few methods to assist this but her main go tos were having meetings with the team outside of the workplace (retreat), and teaching the team how to constructively argue with each other (rather than use politics by not confronting each other)
I heavily support both of these methods and have used them in the past for great success
I recommend thi
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-reads
I recently started a new job and am again on the executive team. I really like this company and role and I am looking to avoid some of the pitfalls of the past. The fact that this was a manga, made it a quick and refreshing take on a business book, focused on teaching lessons through narrative rather than just dry text and diagrams. I was able to apply many of the lessons and exercises right away and look forward to sharing it with the rest of leadership.
Ben Rogers
I enjoyed it.

A great companion read to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable.

To me, it had about the same impact of the original book, but I did enjoy the lessons all the same.

Good refresher!

Would recommend reading the book version instead.

Lala Hulse
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I can’t really recommend this, because the art is uneven and the lettering is atrocious. Aside from that it seems to be a pretty faithful representation of the prose book. Having illustrations definitely made it easier to tell the characters apart than I think they would have been in the prose book.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this book is definitely worth reading for everyone who works with other people, but I can’t put 5 as I really didn’t like this particular manga style a bit disconnected from the story.
Manga has rules on how show people emotions and usually strongly exaggerated them. Too much exaggerated for me.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy and nice way of handle Lencioni storytelling. A lot of insight around teambuilding in a kind of model that you can use without a "fanboy/fangirl" feeling.

Short, easy and with a lot of practical advice. A must.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Found this more engaging than the original, but some of the drawings had changes in character styles that didn't make sense. ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy to read and digest
Cynthia K
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: readharder2019
This book was recommended during a seminar I recently attended. I decided to pick it up for task #17 of the 2019 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: a business book. I selected this edition because it would also fulfill task #11: a book of manga.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I would wager that it's much easier to read the comic version... But it is literally set in comic sans. I still got the message all right, though, so that's what counts. ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a manga its pretty terrible, but the concepts are v handy, and the manga doesn't get in the way of that. ...more
Yağız “Yaz” Erkan
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
The famous book's manga edition. It is as impactful as the original, however the illustrator's style was a disappointment for me. ...more
Charles Lestari
May 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Not too bad
Tony Fecteau
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Learn while reading the illustrations! This book brings some of the issues teams can face to the forefront.
Aayush Gupta
Oct 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aayush by: Alex Wang
A great case study of a dysfunctional team told in an engaging visual medium. I immediately applied many of the lessons to my own project.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possessions
An organization may have a more talented executive team, more cash, better core technology, more powerful board of directors as compared to its competitors. But all this will not translate into high revenue and growth if it has a dysfunctional executive team working for it.

A dysfunctional team will create a depressing workplace and bring down the morale of the organization. This will lead to the organization losing its competitive edge resulting in disastrous business results.

What makes a team
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have always heard about this book but never managed quite get down to read it. The Manga version is certainly easier to digest and having pictures of the characters helps a lot.

It is the usual stuff about having trust, willingness to commit, accountability, company above self. (I don't remember the exact break down of those but it fall into one of those categories I am guessing). The book is sensible and the content common-sense, but putting this particular book into manga is a smart thing to
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was recommended at work as a team improvement book. I accidentally bought the illustrated version instead of the narrative. Then I bought the busy people version that was a lot like the Cliff notes. The book had 5 dysfunctions that are destructive to teams and subsequently productivity. Found them to be true. Just didn't like the story tale style of writing. Book did bring forth a touchy subject of deciding who doesn't fit with the team,how not fitting affects productivity, and what to ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a comic reader I find the manga style alien to what I know, but having said that this is easy to read. A graphic novel version of a management book. We have come a long way!

Anyway to the delay. In my professional life I have let 3 people go. It wasn awaful situation but had to be done. Think of it as a rotten apple in the barrel. This book convinced me that to build a team, this has to be done too. The narrative reads well as we follow a team through their off-site meetings, their conflicts a
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-52
Scoff if you will at the manga edition of Patrick Lencioni's now mandatory writing on team functions, but those of us who are not programmed to think that way, nor have a MBA will find this easy to understand. The art is ok--but its the clear and concise message that is delivered that makes this version worthwhile. ...more
Moushumi Ghosh
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Not my usual read and my second "management" book after Who Moved My Cheese, which was not moving at all, the book I mean not the cheese. I was reading this for work and found that the manga version was preferable to the plain text version. Quite interesting because of the manga quotient. And at 172 pages, it's one evening's read. ...more
Kitty Shum
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This edition was a quick fun read with valuable concept. Sometimes, it's common sense but really good reminder.

Patrick Lencioni classified 5 dysfucntions of a team:
1. Abesent of trust
2. Fear of conflict
3. Lack of commitment
4. Avoidance of accountability
5. Inattention to result
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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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