I have purchased around thirteen books in the last two weeks. I have laid out each book in which order I will read them. This book "The Five Dysfunctions of a team" by Patrick Lencioni was #1 on the list. I have never heard of this book until I searched the local library book sale and stumbled upon it. So it was not recommenced to me nor did I see one of the many people I follow online read it. With that being said, having no background on the author, or the book. This book has to be up there for top five most helpful books when it comes to leadership and team building.
The book is extremely inviting, by that I mean it hooks you from page 1 to page 220. It opens with a scenario of a technology company called Decision Tech and how they are having issues in their company with leadership, the executive team is disengaged in meetings, which is leading to many other issues in the company. The executive team leaders do not feel comfortable around each other, and value personal growth more than company growth. The original executive director gets let go and they hire a lady who has no experience leading a company of this nature. For about 190 pages it goes through the new leaders first day on the job and all the changes she makes, how she makes them, the encounters she deals with when making these changes, the decisions she needed to make, the conversations with the other leaders on the executive team and way more. But for 190 pages the author goes through how the new leader is attempting to build more cohesion among the other leaders, how they can feel comfortable around each other, how to build trust among the leaders and ways they can feel as if they are contributing to the organization and feel more engaged and happy about coming to work.
Now many of you may feel as if well this has nothing to do with being a coach or a player. Personally I thought the same thing but still the situations the author talks about, ways he sentences them simply and the examples he uses makes it so easy for me (as a coach) to relate to and how I can use what he is saying on my current team and players.
The golden nuggets come from the final chapters. They break down each dysfunction from one to five. How each dysfunction begins, ways to break that dysfunction and your job as a leader when it comes to that dysfunction. I won't go into all the details about what the dysfunctions are but, boy oh boy if you have ever been apart of a team that was struggling or worked for a company that was struggling or if you ever felt lost or frustrated at work you will easily be able to relate to this book.
The book is 220 pages with an extra five pages at the end. It took me about eight days to read, I read for nearly 20-30 minutes each day and finished the book in eight days. It is extremely relevant for leaders, coaches, CEO's, executive directors, or anyone who manages a large team, players, employees, etc.
The book can be found here on thrift books for $4 it looks like or here on Amazon for any where from $10-20 depending on your choice of hard cover, used, or paperback.
The next book I am reading is called the "Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. If you read it don't spoil it for me but I will be reviewing that book hopefully in one week as it is another 200 page book.