Friday, January 1, 2010

"Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni

Five Dysfunctions of a Team
by Patrick Lencioni

Snack of choice: 
Sour Patch Kids

Story behind the story:
I got this book at the 2008 JAX Pastor’s Conference in a book bag at no cost! I also listened to a lecture the author gave there. I was in the front row… I mean, hey, he gave me a free book! My favorite kind!

Story Line:
Well, the story is pretty self-explanatory. It’s about… you guessed it… the five dysfuntions of a team. It’s set within a “leadership fable,” otherwise known as a fictional story about the new executive of DecisionTech and her currently dysfunctional executive team. Here’s the spoiler… yeah, they work through the dysfunctions to become a leader in their industry! Woo-hoo!

The Real Story:
Team and Leadership books are increasingly popular, mostly because no one knows how to be one. Lencioni’s contribution comes from a place of experience as a creator of the management consulting business The Table Group. He admits that his observations are simple, but challenges you to work through them… not so easy now, eh? I almost got to the end of the book and said, “Yeah, but you just told a story… What am I supposed to take away?” And BOOM! The last 30 pages are dedicated to explaining the dysfunction, giving suggestions for overcoming the dysfunction, showing the role of the leader, and the connection this has to the next dysfunction. Good work…

Check out:
"Good to Great" by Jim Collins, "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John Maxwell
and as a Leadership Manual alternative try Nehemiah

4 out of 5 Dysfunctional Executives

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