Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, A Leadership Fable

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni depicts a fictional, yet realistic, executive team in disarray.  Aptly subtitled “A Leadership Fable”, the tale follows a newly-appointed CEO in her quest to unify a broken group of managers into a cohesive team with functioning, professional relationships.

Far from a touchy-feely story of training exercises involving falling off a platform into their co-workers arms, the team learns why it is so important to trust one another.  Making the point that trust is the root from which every important action stems, Lencioni spells out a simple formula for success.  It is not easy, as he tells us, but it is simple.  Hard work and dedication are always necessary parts of any improvement or advancement, but never more so than when dealing with very different personalities.  We all know the Apprehensive Anthony, Negative Nelly, and Arrogant Amanda types, and Lencioni describes the firm, consistent manner in which they should be handled for the good of the team.

Written in an easy-to-follow story format, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team provides valuable insight into why it is difficult for individuals to accomplish results when not working as part of a cohesive team.  The Leadership Fable follows a progression that begins with a problem familiar to many:

  • Part One: Underachievement, depicts a team that is not working as such, and in turn, the company is faltering.
  • Part Two: Lighting the Fire, details the sometimes incendiary process of implementing a meaningful change.
  • Part Three: Heavy Lifting, narrates the sometimes arduous task of performing consistent actions to achieve lasting results.
  • Part Four: Traction, finally demonstrates measurable results.

The last several sections of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team specifically detail the five dysfunctions and their symptoms.  Finally, there is an assessment included to be used for diagnosing your team’s particular problem areas and suggestions for overcoming each dysfunction.  The lasting message of Lencioni’s tale is best articulated by the author himself:

Patrick Lencioni, Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“As much information is contained here, the reality remains that teamwork ultimately comes down to practicing a small set of principles over a long period of time.  Success is not a matter of mastering subtle, sophisticated theory, but rather of embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.”

With this book, you’ll be able to develop a group training session to introduce every member of your team to the theories in this helpful tale, or use it in every day practice as a manual to reinforce the constructive work habits that breed success.  Read this best-selling book today and implement its  suggestions to get your team on the road to success!

Ron Roberts Book Signing: The Well-Balanced Leader

On Thursday, January 19th, Ron Roberts will be signing copies of his newest title, The Well-Balanced Leader: The Egolibrium Method and the Nine Behaviors of Successful Leadership, at Barnes and Noble in Devon, Pennsylvania.

Egolibrium speaks to the instrumental balance between the identity of the individual and one’s performance as a member of a team.  In The Well-Balanced Leader, Roberts focuses on nine behavioral pairs that need to be examined and controlled in order to maintain this balance. 

He provides a self-assessment, along with activities and suggestions geared toward developing each pair.  This assessment will be available in the HRDQ Store in late April.

If you are fan of his work, or are about to become one, we highly recommend joining Ron for a short presentation, and to get your signed copy of The Well-Balanced Leader, on the 19th.  The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Meet Ron Roberts on Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m.

Barnes and Noble
150 West Swedesford Road
Devon, PA 19333
(610) 695 6600

The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook & Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise

In his latest book, Peter Block gives consultants a map to navigate the often complex path of their work and its often complex roles. Whether you fell into consulting accidentally or have spent years methodically building up a business, this book will give you a wider view of the profession and how industry leaders have approached their own challenges to overcome them successfully. Block describes his group of 30 hand-picked consultants as “flawless,” and after reading his Fieldbook, it is easy to understand why. 

Peter Block, Author of The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook and Companion

The Flawless Consulting Fieldbook is broken down into chapters that address overarching issues in the practice of consulting, and then six consultants give their own insight on each topic. Some of those topics include: The Power of the Question, The Complexity of Advice, Valuing Capacities, and Integrating Strategy and Experience.

At almost 500 pages, readers will find that this exhaustive resource keeps giving, even after they have read through the whole book from beginning to end. For example, after a trying day with a client, you could come home, open up the pertinent section, and learn how to better handle the next morning or how to reframe an inflammatory topic in your next meeting.

Block also includes indices to concepts, stories, and practical tools. For example, if you are looking for insight on how the new economy changes clients’ approach to your services (Concepts & Theory Index), or if you seek stories and cases about the eternal family triangle of you, your client, and your boss (Cases & Stories Index), or even if you want to learn how to deal with resistance (Tools & Techniques Index), you have a shortcut to exactly the kind of advice you need, all in one sitting. 

If you’re a consultant, or considering consulting, this is a must-read. Order your copy today!