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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

BreadBox Rating  - 8.75 out of 10

Number of pages  - 229

Summary  -  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is an incredible book centered around a fable that details the problems of a failing company and its dysfunctional executive team. Within this gripping story, Lencioni provides practical steps that any team in any organization can use to improve the quality of their teams.

Breadbox Review   -  Following a similar story-theme as The Go-GiverThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team highlights the all too familiar issues that exists on any team in any organization. By using a set of engaging and realistic characters, Lencioni guides his readers through a unlikely story that will prompt any reader to consider his simple yet seemingly effective steps toward a healthier, higher-quality team.

    This book was difficult for me to set down, and I finished it within a few days! It's incredibly easy to read, fully relatable to anyone, and provides detailed steps of how to develop functional teams that will last and produce great work.

These five dysfunctions are the common disease of any dysfunctional team:

  1. Absence of Trust - Status & Ego
  2. Fear of Conflict - Low Standards
  3. Lack of Commitment - Ambiguity 
  4. Avoidance of Accountability - Artificial Harmony
  5. Inattention to Results - Invulnerability 

    Whether you're a manager, employee, business owner, or parent, this book will provide you with helpful tips with how to engage, encourage, and cultivate healthy teams that are driven toward unselfish results. 

    I would, without a doubt, say that this book is my favorite book I've read in 2017 so far!

Outside Reviews

  • "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.

  • "Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams."

             ― Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Comergent Technologies

  • "Every manager and executive will recognize themselves somewhere in this book. Lencioni distills the problems that keep even the most talented teams from realizing their full potential. Even more important, he shows—in prose that is crisp, clear, and fun to read—how to solve them."

              ―  Geoffrey A. Moore, chairman, The Chasm Group; author, Crossing the Chasm

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