Summary of Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators

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Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team book summary
To make the teams at your company function better, solve the five problems that commonly impede team performance.


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Patrick Lencioni wrote this as a follow-up to his 2002 “fable,” The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It applies the earlier book’s concepts, and suggests many exercises, approaches, examples and explanations you can use as you apply those ideas. If you found the first book useful, you’ll want this one, though you can still get a lot of utility from it even if you haven’t read the original. Lencioni recaps his concepts clearly here, including developing trust among team members and keeping teams focused on their goals. The result is broadly applicable. getAbstract believes that readers who want a basic introduction to improving team function will appreciate this book. That said, those looking for more complex or theoretical approaches, or for tools to deal with specific challenges, such as knowledge management among teams, may need a more advanced manual.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to diagnose the five main dysfunctions of a team
  • How you can address these dysfunctions
  • How to build healthy teams in the process


Teams and Teamwork
Developing good, functional teams doesn’t require any special conceptual breakthroughs, but it does call for “courage and persistence.” Commit to making your team function smoothly, and then convince the other members that your dedication is real and they should share...
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About the Author

Patrick Lencioni, founder and president of a management consulting firm, has worked with Fortune 500 senior executives and high-tech startup companies. He is the author of several other books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting.

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