In the book “Good to Great” by business researcher extraordinaire, Jim Collins, we learn that having the right people on your team gives you a competitive advantage. Hiring the right people fulfills Collins’ advice of “First who, then what.” Today I received my daily email from Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void. Hugh can absolutely nail […]
It is so simple. A handwritten note is sent out to fans via Twitter from one of my personal favorite movie directors when it comes to sci-fi action flicks, J.J. Abrams. The note immediately starts a bonfire of a reaction. Abrams is not only a brilliant action director (his reboot of Star Trek blew me […]
UPDATE: Please accept my apology for this late update. The Leadercast North of Boston site will not be operational this year, but will be back next year for Leadercast 2016. In addtion, we will add a site in Burlington, VT. To attend Leadercast in the Boston area, see these locations: Nashua, NH (Almost sold out): […]
Without thinking too hard, answer these questions: Where do you love to shop (physical)? Where do you love to shop (online)? Where do you love to dine out? What company gives the best service? What is your favorite hotel chain? When it comes to a business, where do you feel most welcome? What is your […]
The conference was large with 10,000 attendees in a major city at a great venue. The conference keynote speakers in the ‘big room’ were heavy hitters. They set the bar for the sessions throughout the conference. Plainly put, if you were a speaker chosen for the conference and you were not a heavy-hitting keynote speaker, […]
How Leaders Can Package Themselves Authentically While skimming through my Twitter feed one day, I saw a request for tweet submissions on the image of leadership. The request came at the right moment. I needed a break from what I was working on and spent 15 minutes pounding out some tweets. After I sent the […]
A Summer Project Binge watching of a TV series is an activity at which I am just not very good. I just cannot sit and watch hours of TV; even great TV. But I do love to watch well-written television in small portions. When it originally aired, The West Wing was like that for me. […]
The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team – Storyteller Patrick Lencioni
The Model – The FIVE Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni is a storyteller who is also a best-selling business book author.
Each week, when I read the Wall Street Journal’s list of best-selling business books, I marvel that this book subtitled “A Leadership Fable” that was released in 2002 still makes the top ten selling books in the category. Think about that for a moment. There are dozens of new business titles released each month in the business category, yet Lencioni’s book remains one that leaders buy in the hopes they can fix their teams.
Patrick Lencioni is an appealing guy. His is a tall guy, looks every bit the part of a smart business person, but is one of the most humble and self-effacing people you will encounter. I have seen him speak on several occasions and he has an infamous style of going from point A, to a story about his kids, to point B. He tells the audience he is easily distracted and then looks into the distance and says, “Look, a butterfly!” He is a hard guy not to like.
It is through his stories in his books and on stage that Lencioni helps teams more forward. I have used several of his models in my work including the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. His book Death by Meeting and the model it includes is one of have used every day, week, month and year for almost a decade.
Set some time aside to watch this video of Lencioni in action. Buy the book and begin uncovering the dysfunctions of your team.
Which personality answered the phone at your desk today? Perhaps it was Natalie Portman being dependable and loyal (ISTJ). Or was it Steven Spielberg trying to get a sense of how the person on the other end felt (ISFP). Or maybe it was the dreamy, no wait, dreamer Secretary of State John Kerry looking through […]
If you are trying to grow an email list to sell your product, service, nonprofit or campaign, you already know how hard it is. People are beginning to hold onto their personal (and even work) email address dearly, only providing it to those they know, like and trust. John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing, […]