Book Review: Teamwork

By | August 30, 2023

[August 30, 2023]  Below is a darn good book worth reading.  The core message is that any leader or person who wants a good life should focus on teamwork as their core principle.  Whether it is at work, home, church, volunteer organization, or a simple gathering of friends, teamwork makes everyone’s lives better.  This book review is one of the first I wrote back in 2016.  I’m spending  my days in the local hospital where my wife has been admitted for some unknown underlying problem.  So, today’s article is a bit light.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni, 2002.

Lencioni’s book tackles leadership in the form of a story (or fable) about a hypothetical Silicon Valley firm in trouble and how its new CEO helps bring the company back from failure.  The author’s focus is on teamwork and how the CEO was able to reestablish the essentials in it.  He does this through his model of the five dysfunctions of a team and thus the title of the book.  Those dysfunctions are: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.  Overcoming these dysfunctions is, of course, the key to success and Lencioni again succeeds in showing us how to do it.  Everyone works in a team environment in some way, whether as a CEO or as the newest and most junior member.  This books helps reinforce important ideas about leadership and is an easy read for anyone interested in how to help themselves and their workplace.  Patrick Lencioni has written several other books on how leaders can improve their organizations.  Highly recommended.

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Teamwork

  1. Emma Archambeau

    Gen. Satterfield, here’s wishing all the best and prayers for your wife Nancy. 🙏

  2. Eddie Gilliam

    Good morning my friend. Pray for healing of your wife Nancy. God is able to get her and family through this. Psalm 23.. Yah though I walk trough the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for the Lord (my shepherd) is with me. Note the word “through” the valley. We Not in the valley. In our struggle in life we learned to learn and depend on God. Excellent job on leadership. An Excellent leader is not afraid to admit those five dysfunctional items in the book hinders growth. He or she will make the adjustments
    Proverbs speak of Wisdom. A wise man will never stop learning

  3. KenFBrown

    Thanks. I will look this book up and consider purchasing.
    For all the readers of you blog, they should right away get your book “55 Rules for a Good Life.” Makes a great difference.

  4. Valkerie

    This is what I found on Google Books
    For twenty years, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has been engaging audiences with a page-turning, realistic fable that follows the travails of Kathryn Petersen, DecisionTech’s CEO, as she faces the ultimate leadership crisis. She must unite a team in such disarray that it threatens to derail the entire company.

    Equal parts leadership fable and business handbook, this definitive source on teamwork by Patrick Lencioni reveals the five behavioral tendencies that go to the heart of why even the best teams struggle. He offers a powerful model and step-by-step guide for overcoming those dysfunctions and getting every one rowing in the same direction.

    Today, the lessons in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team are more relevant than ever. This special anniversary edition celebrates one of the best-selling business books of all time with a new foreword from the author that reflects on its legacy and lessons.

    1. docwatson

      Yes, thanks Valkerie. Gen. Satterfield has given us a truly good book that hammers home the point that “teamwork” matters more than we might think.

  5. Greg Heyman

    “Those dysfunctions are: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. ” Sounds like many people I know. We can also look at us pres joe biden who never has any accountability and denies reality. The man also has severe dementia but that is not explain away is evil actions.

    1. Yusaf from Texas

      Nailed it, Greg. Biden is an evil man, a thief, politically corrupt and doesn’t give a hoot about Americans, just lining his pockets with cash from Russia, Ukraine, China, and other Eastern countries. Shame on him. He is the epitome of having teamwork but for the purposes of evil.

  6. Rev. Michael Cain

    Whoa, Gen. Satterfield, your wife is in the hospital? Best wishes to her and to you for helping take good care of her. I will be praying for you all and for the doctors and nurses who care for her wellbeing. We will be here on your blog, just ask anything of us.

    1. USA Patriot II

      Yes! Prayers for Gen. Satterfield and his wife Nancy. 🙏

    2. Harry Man

      🙏 Prayers for everyone involved, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, family, you and especially your wife, Gen. S. Thanks for letting us know that this is a rough time for you and your wife. We hope that she gets well soon.

  7. Roger Yellowmule

    Great review. I have always liked your reviews. It’s been a long time now since you wrote a review. Please continue this series, it is one of your bests. 😉


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