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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni

Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2002 , 227 pages

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6075-9

Keywords: Leadership


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IAfter her first two weeks observing the problems ar DecisionTech, Kathryn Peterson, its new CEO, had more than a few moments when she wondered if she should have taken the job. But Kathryn knew there was little chance she would have turned it down. After all, retirement had made her antsy, and nothing excited her more than a challenge. What she could not have know when she accepted the job, however, was just how dysfunctional her team ws, and how team members would challenge her in ways that no one ever had before.

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni offers a leadership fable that is as compelling and enthralling as it is realistic, relevant, and practical. Through his keen intellect and storytelling power, he turns to the fascinating, complex world of teams..

Kathryn Petersen, DecisionTech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: uniting a team that is 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 riveting tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that 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 deceptively simple yet powerful message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

Table of Contents:

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  • Introduction
  • The Fable
    • Luck
    • Part One: Underachievement
      • Backstory
      • Kathryn
      • Rastionale
      • Grumblings
      • Observations
      • The Staff
    • Part Two: Lighting the Fire
      • First Test
      • End Run
      • Drawing the Line
      • Napa
      • The Speech
      • Pushing Back
      • Entering the Danger
      • Getting Naked
      • Going Deeper
      • Poolside
      • Rebound
      • Awareness
      • Ego
      • Goals
      • Deep Tissue
      • Attack
      • Exhibition
      • Film Noir
      • Application
    • Part Three: Heavy Lifting
      • On-Site
      • Fireworks
      • Leaks
      • Off-Site Number Two
      • Plowing On
      • Accountability
      • Individual Contributor
      • The Talk
      • Last Stand
      • Flack
      • Heavy Lifting
      • Rally
    • Part Four: Traction
      • Harvest
      • Gut Check
      • The March
  • The Model
    • An Overview of the Model
    • Team Assessment
    • Understanding and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions
  • A Note About Time: Kathryn's Methods
  • A Special Tribute to Teamwork


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

by Roland Buresund last modified 2015-09-27 13:27

Rating: *** (Disappointing)

Non-believable characters, simplistic writing, shallow handling of a subject which have been covered elsewhere much better.

I believe that you may skip this safely.

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