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The Ideal Team Player

How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)
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Summary

In his classic book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.

In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle's company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players.

Whether you're a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.

©2016 Patrick Lencioni (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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interesting topic on, worth your time

interesting view on how to choose the appropriate people for your team. good read for team leaders

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Another cracker

I just love all of Lencioni's books. By far the best business author for me.

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  • LC
  • 21-08-18

Clear and useful

As usual with Lencioni's books, this is a clear and useful illustration of the concept, with suggestions for implementation. It's great to have some clear guidelines like this to help cut through the complexity of running a successful business.

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Helpful book and as ever the fables work well

The fables work really well to put the ideas in to context - an enjoyable and educational listen

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Transforming teamwork

An invaluable aid to leaders as they seek to understand themselves and their teams better. Essential for leaders of teams, especially (but by no means exclusively) prior to recruitment.

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  • Andrea
  • 05-09-16

Lot of talk about a simple concept

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure, but the guy reading the book was terrible, almost put me to sleep several times. I would buy the book not the audible version. Go to the end and simply read the overview. If you have read a lot of Patricks stuff then this is repeated material on some levels. I do love Pats stuff so don't think I'm down on him, not at all, just that it is repeating material.

Has The Ideal Team Player turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

Whoever it was that narrated "The hard thing about hard things" by Ben Horowitz, THAT was a great book and well narrated. Also, Steve Jobs narrator.

Did The Ideal Team Player inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps, but not much.

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  • Lori
  • 26-12-16

loved it

my husbands company required him to read this book. what a great way to show your company Style. it's nice because he's listening to it on his drive to work great motivator

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  • H. Fulcher
  • 22-09-16

Great story

Loved that the majority of this book was in a story format. It made the content very digestible and easy to relate to.

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  • Shawn N Price
  • 20-09-16

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Would you listen to The Ideal Team Player again? Why?

As the Chief of Staff for my organization I am designing and implementing the Team Development programs. These programs are based on The 5 Dysfunctions of Teams, The Ideal Team Player, and Sean Covey's The Four Disciplines of Execution. While "5 Dysfunctions" focuses on team level development, "The Ideal Team Player" focuses on individual development. I find that I "rewind and re-listen" often with Lencioni, and that I stop and take notes (OneNotes) and record thoughts.

What did you like best about this story?

The drama was fantastic. The characters and personalities engaging.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Hoye's performance was great. I liked his energy and pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

While I began this book thinking about how to teach and share the principles of ideal team players with others, I came away with the determination to change my nature and to become a much better team player. Having and using this book is changing my life and making me a much better team player, and I am making my life a whole lot more fun and exciting.

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  • R. Statz
  • 08-09-16

Great format, narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this. I found the story form "fable" in the first 70% of the book to be a solid way to put the concepts into practice, so that the nuts & bolts description of the model was crystal clear.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

I listen to virtually all audio books at 1.5X speed, and I found that to be a good pace for this narration. The narration was very clear, contained appropriate inflections, and was engaging. For those who listen to audio books at 1X and find themselves getting distracted/bored, speed up the narration to a speed that will keep you engaged.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be a lot of information for one sitting, but the "fable" portion could certainly be engaging for one sitting. The model/application would be something you'd want to listen to more than once. Since the book was split up in this fashion, one can listen to the nuts & bolts application portion and get a lot of benefit w/o having to listen to the entire book over again.

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  • Caroline
  • 05-05-16

Maybe the best book in team players yet.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It has provided me some tools that are going to help me a great deal in hiring and coaching staff

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  • Russell Comstock
  • 30-04-16

concept is great, seems workable and entertaining.

potentially a wonderful tool for any organization wanting to improve it's culture and practices. it's an easy read, entertaining, and has a good a ha moment.

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  • M. Davis
  • 28-04-16

An amazing book. Felt like it was written for me.

This is the best book I have read yet (and I've read a lot) on building a team and hiring. This books really breaks down what characteristics will predict success in an organization where teamwork is required and rewarded. I absolutely loved it.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 10-08-16

Humble, Hungry, and Smart

Like his other books, the business advice is provided through the telling of a story. The benefit of doing it this way is that it provides a context as if you're in the story and can relate to what the characters are going through. You gain an understanding of the advice and how it might apply in real life. However, the author should not have written the story as if it's a fiction book written for entertainment, where the plot is drawn out to create suspense and details are added to develop the characters. Finally after multiple meetings and discussions, the characters (executives of the construction company) conclude the three key qualities of an ideal team player are: humble (not arrogant or dismissive of people), hungry (wanting to do more and learn more), and smart (emotional intelligence). Then the story dragged on again as they met with employees to figure out if the employees possessed those qualities. The last few chapters were useful in explaining key behaviors expected from ideal team players, such as willing to display vulnerability and build trust, hold people accountable, and commit to group decisions.

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  • Jesse
  • 05-05-16

must read

A must read for anyone who works with others. Not just for business owners. Businesses should implement this strategy for sure.

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