Leadership Expert’s Book Lends Advice on Teamwork, Especially Relevant in Light of Down Economy/Layoffs
(1888PressRelease) February 24, 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO—When asked to choose the one book on the list that speaks to businesses surviving a downturn, Todd Sattersten, the co-author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (2009), chose Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002). Satterstern added “for a situation like this, what we’re going through, it’s a great book.”
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has been a fixture on the Wall Street Journal’s Business Best-seller list since 2004. Lencioni and his firm, The Table Group, use the Five Dysfunctions of a Team as the foundation of their consulting practice where clients include Southwest Airlines, Barnes & Noble, McKesson, the NBA and Chick-fil-A.
Lencioni, recently named by Fortune magazine as one of “Ten New Gurus You Should Know,” advises that the best place for an investment right now is in the general health of an organization. In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni advises focusing on improving the cohesiveness of the executive team which enables the executives and the entire company to clarify and recommit to the organization’s values and purpose. Doing this will require a little time and energy, but very little money. And it will yield significant returns now, and even more when the economy rebounds.
As the economy continues to crumble, companies are finding that the Five Dysfunctions of a Team can help them through the turbulent times. Matt Danilowicz, CEO of Clear-Com, a mission critical voice communications company, notes, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team program not only restored the fiscal health of our company, it provided the crucial tools for us to face the economic downturn.”
About Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group (www.tablegroup.com ), a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.
Lencioni is the author of eight best-selling books with nearly 3 million copies sold. After seven years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team continues to be a fixture on national best-seller lists.
Pat and his work have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Harvard Business Review. Pat has also been a featured guest on The Today Show, NBC, Fox News and ESPN.
Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. He also served on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.