Our thoughts on this book
I found the book interesting and informative. I liked the style in which it was written. I found I could easily relate to the characters and situations. I was happy that the story style made the book completely understandable. I enjoyed the book and didn’t feel like my time was wasted at all.
A worthy read.
The Pixel Dreams Team owes much of our organizational health to Mr. Lencioni. Let me bring your attention to the 1-star reviews on Amazon:
- “Art” criticizes the ‘newness’ of the book. As in, their review does not concern the content of the book at all.
- “that guy” is scandalized by the shocking revelation that The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable is not a true story.
- “Dinah W. McFarlane” is experiencing what one can only describe as a bruised ego. Apparently, the simplicity of the story insults her intelligence.
Is that enough to convince you that this is a worthwhile read? No? Then let me make it unquestionably clear: If your entire team has not read Five Dysfunctions of a Team, you are not operating at 100%. Throughout the book, Lencioni reveals the power of trust, disagreement and accountability, among other things, in a team. I implore you to read and apply this in your organization. The results may surprise you, much like “that guy” was surprised by Lencioni’s fictitious tale.
If you are part of a team, then this is a must-read book. It is very well written and easy to read. The book is written in a way that walks you through a story filled with dysfunctional characters. It then demonstrates how they work through the principle lessons to become a successful team. You become attached to the story and constantly want to find out what’s next. I specially love this because you aren’t just reading facts, you’re experiencing through the narrative, how they affect a team.
I can’t over emphasize the importance of Organizational Health. One of my favourite quotes from this gem of a book:
“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” – Patrick Lencioni
227 pages, the first 185 being a fable about a well funded startup with A Players that despite their talent, funding, and tech advantage – seem to be losing.
A mandatory read for all team members, especially the leaders.