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Reading Material: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


Kelvin talked me into reading this one, being that I’m an HR graduate and aspiring HR consultant. I tried to avoid it for a while by saying I was reading The Help, but I finished that book too soon and decided to give in. It’s not that Kelvin gives bad recommendations, we just differ in our preference of reading genres. But I’ve been trying to make it a point to read some more non fiction for learning purposes, and for sure was this some learning material.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team doesn’t read like a typical business help book. It doesn’t tell you how the author, a successful entrepreneur or whatever successful position they may hold, got to where they are now and how they believe that if others followed in their path, they’d get to the same point. This one read as a story, and helps us as the reader to identify the five dysfunctions that are crippling an otherwise potentially successful team.

The book tells a story of an unconventional Silicon Valley CEO, Kathryn, who is placed in a company with the best talent, most resources, and best technology, yet seems to be falling behind in market share and growth. Everyone on the executive team is baffled and slightly in denial to the problem and it isn’t until Kathryn decides to shake things up a little to get to the core of the problem: The executive team is a highly dysfunctional team. In her off-site meetings (weekend retreats), she works with the team to tackle the five dysfunctions and works to change behavioural problems.

This book is a great read for anyone that works in a team. Whether it is an executive team, middle management, or just a group project in university, everyone can get some insightful takeaways.

As always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading! If you have any book recommendations, fiction or non-fiction, please leave them in the comments below as I love discovering new fascinating reads!


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