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

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.

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Very applicable to any leader for manager. Enjoyed listening to this book. The epilogue was especially great.

Great for any organization

Do not think this book is strictly for businesses. I am the commander of the criminal investigations division of a law enforcement agency & so many things in this book translate very easily because it's more about human behavior & dynamics than corporate operations. The book was given to me by my pastor because it is a staple amongst him & the leadership of our church.

Get this, you will not regret it.

Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Published: 2002
  • Category: Business
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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