Books

Identify Early

THE IDEAL TEAM PLAYER

HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND CULTIVATE THE THREE ESSENTIAL VIRTUES

In his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.

In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues.

Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.



The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Since its publication in 2002, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world’s most definitive source of practical information for building teams, a critical component of a healthy organization.

 Lencioni grippingly chronicles the path new CEO Kathryn Petersen takes as she works to unite a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down her entire company. The universal model outlined in the book has been embraced by virtually all types of organizations from multinational corporations, to small businesses, to professional sports, to education, to churches, non-profits and more.


The Advantage

Too many leaders still limit their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy, and technology. As Lencioni demonstrates in The Advantage, his first non-fiction work, there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them.

Instead of trying to become smarter, leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have.

The Five Temptations of a CEO

More Info |

The Five Temptations of a CEO

The book that launched the Lencioni publishing phenomenon! When it was published in 1998, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that had come before. “Temptations” deftly tells the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing but doesn't know why.

The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates years of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Patrick Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership that have occurred in the past ten years.

"This book reflects so much of what I love about Patrick's insights: thought provoking, challenging of the accepted, simple but not simplistic, and highly practical. It should be a primer for leaders at all levels–not just CEOs." –Colleen C. Barrett, president, Southwest Airlines Co.

"Another homerun by Lencioni!" –Verne Harnish, founder, Young Entrepreneurs' Organization; CEO, Gazelles, Inc.

X

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

More Info |

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

This follow-up to The Five Temptations of a CEO drops readers into unfolding corporate intrigue as Rich O'Connor, CEO of technology consulting company Telegraph Partners, faces a leadership challenge so great that it that threatens to topple his company, his career and everything he holds true about what makes a leader. Through the story's telling, Lencioni deftly helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating a healthy organization, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.

"Another homerun by Lencioni!" –Verne Harnish, founder, Young Entrepreneurs' Organization; CEO, Gazelles, Inc.

X

Death by Meeting

This powerful and thought–provoking book centers on a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what Lencioni suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesn't know how to solve. And he doesn't know where or whom to turn to for advice. His staff can't help him; as they're as dumbfounded as he is by their torturous meetings.

Then an unlikely advisor, Will Petersen, enters Casey's world. When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.

As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.

X

The Truth about Employee Engagement


More Info |

Truth about Employee Engagement

A bestselling author and business guru tells how to improve job satisfaction and performance.

In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: job misery. Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable. Through the story of a CEO turned pizzeria manager, Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable -- irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity -- and gives managers and their employees the keys to make any job more engaging.

As with all of Lencioni’s books, this one is filled with actionable advice you can put into effect immediately. In addition to the fable, the book includes a detailed model examining the three root causes of job misery and how they can be remedied. It covers the benefits of managing for job engagement within organizations -- increased productivity, greater retention, and competitive advantage -- and offers examples of how managers can use the applications in the book to deal with specific jobs and situations.

X

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty


More Info |

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

After focusing on topics ranging from teamwork and leadership to employee engagement and meetings, Patrick Lencioni finally turns his attention toward his own craft–consulting and client service.

Tapping into Getting Naked, the simple but powerful model that Lencioni's firm, The Table Group, has been built on for more than a dozen years, Lencioni weaves the tale of a management consultant who is trying desperately to merge two firms with very different approaches to serving clients: One relies on vulnerability and complete transparency; the other focuses on proving its competence and protecting its reputation for intellectual prowess. In the process of managing the merger, the consultant is forced to learn life–changing lessons that prove to be as relevant as they are painful.

Drawing from his own experience, Lencioni addresses the fears that provoke service providers–whether they are internal consultants, sales people, financial advisors, or anyone else serving long–term clients–to unknowingly sabotage their ability to build trust and loyalty. And, as always, he provides a practical approach for overcoming the obstacles and reaching new levels of success.

"I've experienced the 'naked' approach firsthand and can say with confidence that this book will transform the way we view client service. I wish every one of my vendors would read it and follow its advice." —J. Miles Reiter, chairman and CEO, Driscoll's

X

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars


More Info |

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

Silos devastate organizations, kill productivity, push good people out the door, and jeopardize the achievement of corporate goals. In Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, Lencioni weaves a page–turning tale of an eager, young management consultant struggling to launch his practice by solving one of the more universal and frustrating problems faced by his clients–the costly and maddening issue of silos, the barriers that create organizational politics.

"An incisive and insightful look at how companies can recognize and remedy in–fighting. . . as warm and readable as the advice itself is sound." –Michael A. George, chief marketing officer, Dell Inc.

X

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family


More Info |

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Theresa Cousins had never been so mad at her husband. Ironically, the comment that sparked her anger wasn't really directed at her specifically, and certainly wasn't meant as criticism. In fact, he said it without malice or emotion: "If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they'd be out of business."

In his most unique, personal, and groundbreaking book, Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives–the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results.

Like Lencioni's other books, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family is written as a fable, using realistic and humorous characters and plotlines that will keep you turning pages with anticipation while you're learning how to bring sanity to your lives. And you'll be amazed how just a little bit of structure and a few minutes of follow–through each week can make the difference between drudgery and fulfillment at home.

"A guidebook for frantic families who want to reduce stress, tension, and pressure, and make the adventure of family life more exuberant." –Frances Hesselbein, chairman and founding president of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management; former CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

X

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Training Package


More Info |

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Training Package

"Based on my work with executive teams over the past ten years, I've come to the conclusion that teamwork remains the single most untapped competitive advantage for any organization." –Patrick Lencioni

Building on principles laid out in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Workshop provides participants with an opportunity to explore the pitfalls that are side–tracking their team. The Facilitator's Guide Set includes everything you need to conduct a complete team–building workshop.

X

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators


More Info |

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators

Since its publication in 2002, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world's most definitive source of practical information for building teams, a critical component to building a healthy organization.

Lencioni grippingly chronicles the path new CEO Kathryn Petersen takes as she works to unite a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down her entire company. The universal model outlined in the book has been embraced by virtually all types of organizations from multinational corporations, to small businesses, to professional sports, to education, to churches, non-profits and more.

Want to implement team building in your organizations? The Five Dysfunctions of a Team workshop gives you everything you need? Want a clear, hands-on "Field Guide" to turning Pat's theories into action? Add The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Field Guide to your toolkit.

X

Managing Employees Training Package


More Info |

Managing Employees Training Package

Help your leaders eliminate job misery and improve employee engagement, job satisfaction, and performance with this workshop based on Lencioni's Three Signs of a Miserable Job model. The Facilitator's Guide provides everything needed to create a high–impact workshop for managers. Get the details here...

X

Contact

For bulk sales, contact specialsales@wiley.com
For PR inquiries, contact Melissa Connors mconnors@wiley.com
For information about Patrick Lencioni and The Table Group’s consulting services, contact Cody Thompson cody@tablegroup.com
For information about Patrick Lencioni’s availability for speaking contact Cody Thompson cody@tablegroup.com


Visit Wiley Business for books and content on leadership, management & more »