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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
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I like that this book is told in a story form like The Goal which makes digesting the material a lot easier. Essentially, the books talks about the following 5 disfunctions:

- absence of trust
- fear of conflict
- lack of commitment
- avoidance of accountability
- inattention to result

The first two are related to creating an environment where there needs to be high trust among individuals on the team otherwise there will be politics and posturing that is not beneficial to the advancement of the team. A lack of trust and being removed from others on the team actually leads to slowing down as opposed to opening up and creating a space where people understand where the other is coming from.

Because there is an absense of trust that creates ambiguity this leads to fear of conflict and lack of commitment on the part of the team. If there is no trust there is more posturing and hence everyone wants to save face so they avoid conflict. In fact there needs to be healthy amount of conflict that can be used to get to the core so that the team is aiming for the same goal. Without a healthy conflict that isn't on any individual the team can lose their way which means they don't commit to the advancement of the team and function as silos which means energies are diffused as opposed to concentrated.

This leads to avoidance of accountability since everyone is moving in different directions as opposed to a shared goal and what the outcome is widely differing since everyone is working on a different goal as opposed to a shared one. Finally, since everyone is working towards a different goal the end result is that there is inattention to details that prevent the team from functioning well because it is based on the individual egos as opposed to the shared result of the team. When teams are lead by egos then they don't function well since everyone is working to benefit themselves individually as opposed to the team.

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Reading Progress

November 7, 2018 – Shelved
November 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 29, 2019 – Started Reading
October 7, 2019 – Finished Reading

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