Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A firm believer in not reinventing the wheel, this post is simply a few footnotes to a rather comprehensive review by Christopher Cummings to encourage fence-sitters to seek out Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

  • The first 184 pages describes a fictional (yet plausible) story of an executive team’s introduction to Lencioni’s 5-layer teamwork model. The characters are well portrayed and at times amusing (some laugh-out-loud). The majority of the dialog is natural, not overly Pollyanna-ish, preachy or robotic.
  • Pages subsequent to 184 contain a concise reiteration of the 5 dysfunctions, their causes, their effects, and practical activities for overcoming them.
  • Also included is a short Team Assessment questionnaire to begin the self-evaluation process.