Summary of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team book summary
To create a functioning team, build trust, willingness to confront, commitment, accountability and focus. Here's how.


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10 Applicability

8 Innovation

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Patrick Lencioni offers a satisfactory fable about an executive wrestling to take hold of a company and create a smoothly functioning executive team. The narrative moves right along as he addresses the problem of feckless teamwork with the fictitious Decision Tech company as a test case. The novel is interesting, and you can read through it easily, getting to know the characters and participating in their business decisions. However, if you just want to learn about better teamwork quickly and leave, skim to the final chapters. Here, the author outlines a detailed model for diagnosing the five dysfunctions of a team and provides exercises and techniques to ameliorate those dysfunctions. The advice is complete and concrete. getAbstract recommends the meat and potatoes diagnosis and solutions as well as the cake and ice cream story, but how much narrative you want to read may depend on what shape your team is in when you start, as well as on your taste for tales.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Fundamental principles about teamwork
  • How to apply them to managing teams
  • How to avoid the five mistakes that undermine teams


The Story, in Brief
The new CEO of Decision Tech, Kathryn Peterson, is trying to cope with an executive team in chaos. She must muster her personal strength to diagnose what has gone wrong with her top staff members and try to fix it before the bottom line bottoms out. She learns some ...
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About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco consultancy. He is the author of The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and The Five Temptations of a CEO.

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    Thomas Tonkin 1 year ago
    I had the privilege to work with some folks that interacted with Patrick on this book. Good ideas, however, simple. I kid of sad that these books still need to be written.
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    Aleisha Powell 4 years ago
    This a book that has been recommended to me by a friend and the summary makes me want to purchase and read the complete book. Certainly great tips on how to build better teamwork.
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    Matt Dunn 5 years ago
    Good abstract on the book and a nice tip to suggest the reader skips to the back chapter if they want the utilise the fundamentals rather than read through the fable. Although, I would suggest reading the entire book as it a relative and fluid story.

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