Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition)

Author:       Patrick Lencioni
Illustrator: Kensuke Okabayashi
Published:  2008
Publisher:   John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd.
Paperback: 174 pages
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An organization may have a  more talented executive team, more cash, better core technology, more powerful board of directors as compared to its competitors. But all this will not translate into high revenue and growth if  it has a dysfunctional executive team working for it. A dysfunctional team will create a depressing workplace and bring down the morale of the organization. This will lead to the organization losing its competitive edge resulting in disastrous business results.
What makes a team dysfunctional ? According to Patrick Lencioni, the author there are 5 dysfunctions of a team:

  1. Absence of Trust
  2. Fear of Conflict
  3. Lack of Commitment
  4. Avoidance of Accountability
  5. Inattention to Results

This illustrated manga version (comic book edition) of the author’s best seller  is a fictional account of  how Kathryn Petersen a newly appointed  CEO of DecisionTech transforms the executive team suffering from above mentioned dysfunctions into a great high performing team.

After the narration of the main story  each of the five dysfunctions are analyzed in terms of what it exactly means, followed by suggestions and tools for overcoming the dysfunctions . Being a manga edition, the discussions are rather brief. Nevertheless they serve as a ready reckoner and also as an appetizer to read the original book.

A must read for those executives who wants to bring about team leadership culture  in their organization. Also highly recommended for Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters and Scrum Team members since Agile highly values  teamwork.

Download a 8-page summary of the original book.

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