The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • by Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"A gripping analysis of what makes teams work effectively. This fine work is a must-read for any leader that has come to grips with the fact that no one makes progress - much less succeeds - alone." (James Amos, president and CEO, Mail Boxes Etc.)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great fables and some practical how to at the end

Easy to listen to, engrossing and very inspiring from beginning to end. Advice: pause and/or rewind for reflection to make the best use of it
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- Art

Compulsory Leadership reading

This is a must read (& must understand) for anyone leading teams or working in them.
Understanding the foundation of trust and the NECESSITY of conflict are keys to healthy team dynamics and more productive outputs.
The allegory is a good way to get the reader connecting to personalities and relating them to one's own team culture.
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- Kimberly Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-10-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio