"Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare."
- Pat Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they know is true." - Pat Lencioni


I don't recommend this book lightly. I am always happy to recommend "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" to individuals, and I am happy to recommend "Good To Great" to companies, but this book by Pat Lencioni is dangerous material.

Once you start poking around at how your management team functions by using the tools that Pat Lencioni suggests, there will be nowhere for incompetent or selfish team members to hide. This process shines a light on every bad behavior.

If you corner a dysfunctional manager in this way, they will react defensively, attacking both you and the change process itself. Chances are good that if you complete the healing process, not everyone who is there at the beginning will still be there at the end.

That said, it is one of the most profoundly helpful books on teams ever written. In terms of transformation potential, this book is for companies what Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is to individuals, just riskier.

Five Dysfunctions
of a Team

If your organization has all the raw ingredients to be successful, but you are suffering from lack of clarity and follow through, this may be the book for you.

Here is a really good synopsis from But don't cheat yourself out of reading this management fable some weekend.

It's the fictional story of a new CEO, brought in to fix the lack of teamwork at a tech start-up company that has all the right pieces, but can't seem to take advantage of their situation because they can't function correctly.

They won't fight, won't commit and won't hold each other accountable. The fix is simple, but it is hard work.

It is a great read. Every time I pick it up to refer to some concept, I get caught up and start reading it again.

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