Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a TEAM

Posted by mikeberry | Agile Executives,Book Reviews,Leadership,ScrumMaster,SDLC Management | Thursday 15 November 2007 6:07 pm

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, written by Patrick Lencioni, he discusses–well, five dysfunctions of a team.

Lencioni’s style with his books seem to be a sort of fable-story-type narrative in the first part, and then real meat in the latter part.  I have to confess I skipped about half of the fable stuff, but found the meat at the back to be very interesting.

The five dysfunctions he examines are:

  1. Absence of Trust
  2. Fear of Conflict
  3. Lack of Commitment
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
  5. Inattention to Results

Being a single guy, I could most readily identify with #3, Lack of Commitment.  And the more I think about it, all of these dysfunctions could be more-or-lesss applied to dating.

His book comes complete with a team-assessment worksheet, and directions on how to identify and overcome these five dysfunctions.  A good read for any manager.

Mike J Berry

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