Five Dysfunctions of a Team

This is a book review on Five Dysfunctions of a Team By Patrick Lencioni.

This is the only book I have ever finished and then immediately started over to read again.  This is also a book that has been referred to me several times over the past few years with it seemingly popping up in conversation more recently – I feel like this is a case of, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”  

The author, Patrick Lencioni, does an excellent job of conveying the issues, the elements of the model and the antidote to the issues.  While the topics are easy to identify and absorb, he makes a continual effort to remind the reader that it is the execution and long term commitment to the execution that is the challenge, not the actual concepts.  I won’t spoil the five dysfunctions as this is a book everyone should read that leads a team – whether it be in sports, at work, at home or some other place.  This a quick but excellent read.

Bryan’s Takeaways:

  1. If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, and any market, against any competition, at any time.
  2. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.
  3. Politics is when people choose their own words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.
  4. A leader that tolerates behavior of a poor teammate is just as culpable as the poor teammate.
  5. Eliminate toxic people immediately.  A star person with a toxic personality will eventually erode or infect everything in their sphere of influence.