Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great rehash of standard teamwork principles told as a fascinating story of a CEO who has been hired to turn a high tech company around.

Our company used to provide a team building seminar to all departments. Budget cuts have put that on the shelf for the last few years, but the concept of what makes up an effective team remains the same.

One phrase I pulled from the old seminar that has made a major impact on my personal and professiona life is "assume innocence". It just makes for a more pleasant way of living to assume that people are trying to do the right thing.

In the Five Dysfunctions, the first is Lack of Trust, which is explained as assuming innocence. The other four dysfunctions are also important to understand, but without the foundation of trust are difficult to correct.

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