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Summary of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable
Narrated by: Leanne Thompson
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Summary

Are you part of a team that is struggling?

In this summary, we take a look at The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. In that book, the author outlines what he feels like the most common issues are when it comes to teamwork:

  • Absence of trust
  • Fear of conflict
  • Lack of commitment
  • Avoidance of accountability
  • Inattention to results

In this summary, we go through each of these dysfunctions in detail. This summary is perfect for those who are too busy to read the full book - or who need a little extra help understanding it. 

You will find:

  • A fable that puts the five dysfunctions into perspective
  • A detailed summary of each of the five dysfunctions
  • Some ideas on how to overcome them in your team
  • How the five dysfunctions connect to one another
  • And so much more!

After listening to this summary, you will have a much better understanding about the issues that tend to come up in teams - whether in your professional or personal life - and how to work together to overcome them and build a stronger team.  

(Disclaimer: If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)  

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Great Book.

This book is great, I think I have already seen some tangible progress in my actions as a team member, and I feel like my current team have been better functioning since reading it/our discussion. Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their ability to contribute to teams, whether you are a manager, or a team member looking for ways to be a better person.

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Good guide line.

This book used storytelling to bring home specific concepts being discussed. The characters will be immediately recognizable to anyone who's worked in a corporate environment. The best part of the book is the model at the end, which gives a roadmap and concrete suggestions on how to fix each dysfunction.

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Great Listen.

This book addresses common problems of teams such as trust, accountability and conflict. You can listen a monstrous manual or you can change your team into a functioning one by not just reading this, but applying it.Hard work but worth the journey.

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Interesting and worth the listen!

The principles reviewed are common sense, but presented in a context easily understood for the listener. The five dysfunctions can fit in any organization or team. As a member of higher education, I can see how we can use these tools not only in the academic faculty but also teaching students as they embark in their professional careers.

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Exceptional!

Exceptional! Loved that I could jump to the back of the book and get the practical application, or take the slow listen and listen from cover to cover. Either way, this is spot-on practical insights to working with a team.

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  • D. Hamel
  • 18-11-18

Great teach me.

I learned a lot about what not to do in business. If you want to become a functional team, this book will help you identify if your team is dysfunctional. It will provide you with an avenue on how to become functionally successful;)

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  • Churchill
  • 18-11-18

Simple, yet deep

Crafted so artfully I was able to listen this book in one afternoon. Although simple to understand, the concepts taught within the allegory are deep and well-thought. All who are leaders of a team of any sort should use this book as a standard for how that team should function.

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  • Robert.
  • 16-11-18

I like that the book explains things in details.

I like that the book explains things in details. I dislike that,for the most part, it tells it in a f form of a story, but this is what many people like about the book. Overall, it deserves a five star.

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  • Tom Johnson
  • 16-11-18

Like this whole data.

As a new supervisor, who heads a dysfunctional team, this book has been a game changer. Who knew that conflict could be so productive. I tried some of the tips in the book and I could not believe my team actually started working together to solve issues. I will read this book over & over again. I even want to send some copies to my upper management.

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  • John Viens
  • 16-11-18

Extraordinary book.

If you have a dysfunctional team at work, this book does a good job of how they can happen. Easy to listen and a good demonstration of how different personalities can impact teams and how teams suffer unless the dysfunction is identified and removed.

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  • Cameron
  • 16-11-18

Great informative and enjoyable.

Told as a parable, the book is informative and enjoyable. You’ll get valuable insights on ways that you can be more effective within your team. Highly recommended for any leader.

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  • Manuel.
  • 16-11-18

Quick listen

I enjoyed listening the story of a dysfunctional team struggling to become better, and seeing the fundamental principles of how to create strong teams, in action..

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  • Ankush
  • 23-10-19

buy the complete book, this is just incomplete

book is good but this summary is waste of time and money. it skims over everything, examples and sometimes is not very clear what the author intended.