The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team
You might find it strange that, sometimes, companies armed with better and newer technology, stronger directors, and more capital than their competitors still fall behind in terms of revenue and customer growth. How can this be? The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable uses the story of a CEO rescuing a company to show us the dysfunctions that can hinder teamwork and performance and how overcoming them can set a company off to a brand-new start.
Author : Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni is the president of the management consultancy The Table Group as well as a bestselling business writer and speaker devoted to the study of corporate and team management. He has consulted thousands of senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, high tech start-ups, universities and non-profit organizations. He has been named one of America’s top five business speakers by The Wall Street Journal, as well as one of the “ten new gurus you should know” by Fortune Magazine.
Overview | Chapter 1
Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we will unlock the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable.
In today’s competitive market, we often see companies equipped with cutting-edge technology, more capital and better talent still falling behind their competitors in terms of revenue and customer growth. Likewise, the imaginary, Silicon Valley-based software company presented in this book, DecisionTech Inc., boasts an accomplished, prestigious executive team and an impeccable business plan. Yet two years after its founding, the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. What has led to its failure? Can the company be revived and how? These and more questions are answered in this management tale.
True to the literary tradition of the fable, the author uses the tribulations of fledgling CEO Kathryn Petersen, tasked with saving the company before it’s too late, to explain the five dysfunctions that can make even the best teams ineffective, and how to overcome them. As such, the book can be of help to any company who find themselves reflected in the narrative. It shows that the process of building an outstanding team that can really make good use of the company resources, while not easy, is not too complicated either. All it takes is to direct everyone’s energies towards the common goal, a result that can prove useful across any industry and market condition.
Author Patrick Lencioni is a founder of the consultancy The Table Group. Since 1997, The Table Group has dedicated themselves to helping company leaders improve organizational performance and interdepartmental communication. A prolific speaker, Lencioni himself shares his thoughts on organizational management and leadership with over ten thousand people every year, and his deep insights into the difficulties of teamwork have led him to elaborate original solutions to common team dysfunctions.
And now, let’s begin to learn about the following five dysfunctions of teams and their solutions:
Part One: The first dysfunction: without trust, there can be no teamwork;
Part Two: The second dysfunction: fear of conflict lowers efficiency in problem solving;
Part Three: The third dysfunction: lack of commitment, where team decisions are impossible to define;
Part Four: The fourth dysfunction: avoidance of accountability, and a lack of pressure among coworkers;
Part Five: The fifth dysfunction: inattention to results, when team performance is not prioritized.