Book Review: Patrick Lencioni's 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team'

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Book Review: Patrick Lencioni's, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, is a narrative encompassing the successes and struggles of a group of executives working at fictional Silicon Valley company, Decision- Tech, Inc. Lencioni begins his story with the recognition: "Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare," and it is under this premise that the entirety of "The Fable" presented by Lencioni will carry itself out, focusing on the hardships and intricacies of successfully operating a business that has so many expectations to fulfill (Lencioni VII). I feel that Lencioni's work is exceptionally well laid-out and proves itself a must-read for anyone serving on a team as a subordinate or more importantly, a team leader. Lencioni allows his readers to see themselves in the book, understanding through their reading where their own missteps in situations of teamwork arose and how these missteps can be avoided in the future. Lencioni sets his story in a work environment that is vastly similar to the environments that so many of us work in on a daily basis, and in leading the reader through specifically laid-out steps that will aid in moving a team from dysfunction to success, I believe that Lencioni is able to develop a clear model that can be used far beyond his "fable" and into the landscape of the real world. In the first section of his

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