Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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By Scott A. Heintzelman

5_dysfunctions This is a great book on team dynamics and teamwork; in fact it’s one of the best books on the subject that I’ve read. Although written as a fable, the book provides practical advice, which leaders can use in their own teams. The story illustrates the very real challenges of building a team. In keeping with the parable style, Lencioni (The Five Temptations of a CEO) begins by telling the fable of 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. The author Patrick Lencioni creates a great story and teaches you the concepts of a team and dysfunctions of a team.

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

At the end of the story, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

One learns the downfalls of most groups which come from five things:

- The absence of trust

- Fear of conflict

- Lack of commitment

- Avoidance of accountability

- Inattention to results

The book is a small and easy to read and the model provided is simple to understand making it a powerful tool for helping teams improve. I highly recommend this book to anyone, who leads a team. This book will help you understand what a successful team looks and feels like.


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