In Defense of Lencioni

I really like the “Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” I like the story approach that provides context, I like the short explanation at the end, and the simple model just resonates with me.

book_searching_for_answers_400_clr_12525I was caught off guard when a colleague whom I respect said that she would not use Lencioni’s training materials because it was not based on solid research. She prefers to use Covey. So for the last week, I’ve been noodling that, and trying to figure out how I feel about it.

Let me preface all of this by saying (again) that I am skeptical about business books. Too often I have seen people take up a banner of “7 ways to this,” or “5 things that make you,” only to find that the simple answer they thought they found really wasn’t very simple. (more…)