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Book Summary - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

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Teamwork is prone to failure due to the ever-present human tendency towards weaknesses that can cripple a group effort. A few examples of team-busting predispositions include ego, selfishness, and personal agenda. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni addresses the five most common deficiencies among team members and shows how to overcome them. Lencioni teaches these principles by telling the fictional story of a CEO organizing and moving her motley team forward. In this parable, Katheryn, a 57-year-old executive, is the unexpected choice for the new CEO position. She is charged with changing the direction of DecisionTech, a technology company that is failing. The book focuses on the participants in the management team and the dynamic forces between each of the players. The five dysfunctions are presented in the following order: Absence of Trust, Fear of...

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One of the most important elements of a successful organization is the strength of its teams. Despite this truth, effective teamwork can actually be quite rare due to the common dysfunctions inherent in them. There are five dysfunctions in particular which, when addressed, can lead to success. They include: Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability and Inattention to Results. Patrick Lencioni identifies and explains each of these five dysfunctions by demonstrating them in story form. In this way, readers can more easily recognize these characteristics among their own team members and use the examples to make the needed changes.

About the Author

In 2008, Fortune magazine named Patrick Lencioni "one of the new gurus you should know."​ Lencioni has written many business themed books, with his most successful being “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” He is also the pioneer of organizational health, calling it “the last competitive advantage in business today.” Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group, a management consulting firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written ten books total which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

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