This unusual, instructive and entertaining fable shines light on dysfunctional teams.
Bestselling business author and screenwriter Lencioni weaves a fictional story of the highly capable Kathryn Petersen who has an amazing capacity for building teams. Kathryn becomes the CEO of a struggling, high-profile company with an exceptionally dysfunctional executive team and faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail?
Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders. "As compelling, readable and practical as his other books. I'm sure this will be another business classic." - Richard Carr, President & CEO, TEC International
"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; Inside the Tornado; Living on the Fault Line
About the Author
Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and author of the best-selling books The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and The Five Temptations of a CEO. In addition to his work as an executive coach and consultant, Pat is a sought-after speaker. Prior to founding The Table Group, he worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development. He is on numerous advisory boards and sits on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Over the years, Pat has worked with hundreds of executive teams and CEOs–all struggling, at one time or another, with the potential for dysfunction among their teams.
"Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group." "Concise and easy to follow, this book is recommended for academic and public libraries with management collections and for anyone who is a member of a team that needs improvement." (Library Journal, April 15, 2002) "...there is a lot of good sense in this book...certainly offers some useful pointers..." (Supply Management, 28 March 2002) "...is worth exploring..." (Progress, Summer 2002) "...an entertaining quick read filled with information easy to digest..." (The star online, 12 August 2003) '...gripping...highly recommended.' (Talent Engagement Review, June 2011).
The Fable 1
Part One: Underachievement 5
Part Two: Lighting the Fire 27
Part Three: Heavy Lifting 115
Part Four: Traction 171
The Model 185
An Overview of the Model 187
Team Assessment 191
Understanding and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions 195
A Note About Time: Kathryn’s Methods 221
A Special Tribute to Teamwork 223
About the Author 229
Series: J-B Lencioni Series
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: March 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.3 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1