The FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS of a Team by Pat Lencioni


To close out this week, we’re offering you another reading recommendation! Check out The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. We think there’s some valuable insight in there for small biz owners, operators, and entrepreneurs! And as always, keep an eye on our YouTube channel for more content.

We love to make a recommendations for books that have helped us as well as many of our clients. This one’s not new! It’s been around for a while: Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. One of the reasons we like this book is because it’s written in narrative form. Not everyone can sit and read technical books ad nauseum. Sometimes we need it in story form, and that’s what Patrick does here with this book. He’s also clever in that he doesn’t talk about what are the things a team needs to do. He talks about the things that teams are doing wrong, as in the dysfunctions of the team. It’s not a long book, a very easy read, and has been very helpful. There are all kinds of workbooks and things that go along, and we would highly recommend you taking a look at those and working through it with your team if you don’t think you’re living up to your potential.

Patrick sort of builds a pyramid here of the things that are the dysfunctions and the foundation of those dysfunctions. The pyramid is the “absence of trust” at the bottom. The there’s a “fear of conflict.” It’s just easier to go along and get along and not challenge wrong thinking or wrong behavior amongst the team. On top of that is the “lack of commitment,” maybe you all go through a goal setting process, and it all feels good but then the next day everyone comes back to work and just keeps on doing what ther were doing before. They’re not committed to those goals. The there’s the “avoidance of accountability.” Once you set those goals, the team has to hold each other accountable for achieving those goals. Finally, on top of the pyramid is a “commitment to the results.” You’ve made the goals. You’re working on the goals, but then sometimes you think “oh it’s just time to do goal setting” and never look back and see how you did.

There are a lot of business books out there, but we’ve always liked this one for the reason above: it talks about the things you’re doing wrong rather things you should do. Sometimes that’s a little bit more identifiable for people. It’s human nature, and it’s in a narrative form. So if you’ve not picked up this book, get it! There’s a reason that it’s been successful for many years now. If you’d ever like to discuss this or one of our other reading recommendations, give us a holler!

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