The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

This was an interesting and easy read.

The author presented the first part of his lesson by way of a fictional story of an executive team deemed dysfunctional, and forced into transition through the efforts of their new CEO. The reader becomes a “fly on the wall” in their off site and office team meetings to witness the processes of introducing the changes and their emotional impacts on the team members. I thought that this was well thought out and a very successful means to present the lesson.

The next part of the book is “The Model”.
Then an “Overview of the Model” & “Team Assessment”.
And finally “Understanding and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions”.

I found the Team Assessment section and the lessons on Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions the most interesting and informative.

Here are the Five Dysfunctions:

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

 

Smart Policies for Workplace Technology by Lisa Guerin, J.D.

“Every new device introduced in the workplace brings with it the risk of employee misuse, whether accidental or intentional. This misuse — and the practical and legal problems it can cause — consistently ranks high on the list of employers’ concerns.”

This information is directed at human resource managers or business managers, for use in developing company policies and writing employee handbooks. But, as I have done some technical writing in my past,  I found this book to be a valuable source of information and resource as well.

The manual would also be valuable for every business professional, to educate themselves in the law and help themselves understand how to best protect not only their business and profession, but their personal lives.

I also believe that anyone who is involved in social networking would find the legal information provided in this book valuable.  As pointed out by the author, what someone does in their personal life often intersects with their professional life. This material provides insight into how best to proactively manage both.

What’s Your Type of Career, 2nd ed. by Donna Dunning, PhD

“Find your perfect career by using your personality type.”
“Take advantage of your natural way to work”
Your personality preferences are a link to a “natural way of working.”
It will enable  you to “identify areas for  growth.”

I have several books of this type, to help me understand my professional self.  I have found this one to be the most accurate, by far. You can go through the exercise, to determine your type, in about 30 minutes. The remainder of the book is divided into the personality type categories, providing details of and information about the various types. You only need to read what is relevant to you personally.  You should be able to complete the assessment and learn about yourself in just a few hours. It is very user-friendly.

You can use the information to help you decide on career development, career change,  developing an accurate resume and 60 Second Me speech.

What’s Your Type of Career, 2nd ed. by Donna Dunning, PhD

I found this book to be easy to use and understand. The testing portion was quick and painless and very insightful. This is an invaluable tool for those who find themselves in career change.