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


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.