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  • How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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The Ideal Team Player

By: Patrick M. Lencioni
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
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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.

©2016 Patrick Lencioni (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Very insightful easy read!

Really enjoyed the easy to listen to format.
The narrator was really good and the way the story is written makes it easy to listen and the lessons easy to learn. Thank you for sharing your wisdom through your books 📚👍🏿😄

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Helpful book, but not keen on the PO preachy final thoughts section at the very end

This book is very helpful in working out team dynamics and building the Ideal team. I really didn’t like the preachy Christian final thought section. It just soured the ending of the book, I would, I would rather it was not in the book at all.

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Simple, straightforward

But the application challenges many of the accepted norms that are perpetuated within hierarchical, siloed, publicly run autocracies.
So small steps, that gradually filter into and embody the culture, changing it from within makes lots of sense … investing in the people of your team to me sounds totally acceptable - how you change is the change
I highly recommend this books for HR, People&Culture and anyone who wishes to build a team.

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Excellent resource

Excellent resource with practical examples. Well worded and easy to understand plus apply in workplace

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Basic Information Well Padded

I love Lencioni’s stuff but this book is, like many books in this genre, one good idea (gleaned from experience, but with no empirical support) padded out to make a whole book. The genius is, of course, the fable at the start. It has some good levels of nuance with illustrations of the concepts without forcing them into the story.

My biggest frustration was the weird selection of narrator. He doesn’t sound anything like Lencioni. His accent and tone didn’t match the content of the book at all. It felt to me like it lacked some edge. It was so laid back, (almost a drawl? But I’m no judge of regional American accents) and so there was no sense of urgency or suggestion that the content was anything beyond mildly interesting. It would suit another type of book well, but not this one.

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remarkably simply but seriously helpful

would have loved it to be read by the author. otherwise a great book. great

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Not read by the author unfortunately

I regularly winced when listening to the guy who read it. He sounded like some weather commentator. Really detracted from the story.

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Thought provoking, but lacking empirical evidence.

The ideas in this book are logical and rational (or, at least, they seem to be). However, the primary substantiation for the thesis is anecdote and the author's experience. The book would benefit greatly from research and empirical evidence. Also, the author waits until the end of the book to identify the obvious limitation of his thesis; that it only applies to roles and/or businesses where teamwork is strategically signifficant. All-in-all, I found the book thought provoking but difficult to trust. I'm interested to try the ideas in my business.

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