Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Five Dysfunctions

I just finished reading the book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni. Actually, I didn't read it, but I listened to the audio version. I have started doing that recently and have discovered that I like listening to books. It makes the commute much more productive. Anyway, I didn't like the book at all. Not that it's a bad book by any means. In fact, it contains a lot of great ideas. It's a management/leadership book in the form of a fable. What I didn't like about it, is that it made me re-assess what it means to be on a team, and how those interactions should look. I didn't like the fact that I had to look at the kind of team member that I have been in the past, and realize that I may (I emphasize MAY) have not always been the best team member. It also made me think that some team interactions that I have typically characterized as dysfunctional, might actually be healthy after all. If you're like me, and would just prefer the ignorant bliss that comes with knowing you're right all the time, and don't want to find out that it's not always true, then I don't recommend reading this book. :)

2 comments:

Angela said...

I had the same thoughts after reading the book! I felt like the crappiest team member ever...but learned a lot to make me a better one after that!

Glad you guys are loving Frisco! WE miss it a LOT!!

Anonymous said...

Well, I can tell you that I still apply alot of the principles you taught me ... how long ago? ... in the leadership team of Cornerstone Choir ... to other areas of my life. There's gotta be something to that, Pastor Mark. (Yeah. You'll always be Pastor Mark to me.) Maybe you've not always been the perfect team member, but you definitely bring alot to the team.

Love you guys and hoping to see you soon!

Jenni Keith