I found this book unexpectedly and thoroughly engrossing.
Told as a "leadership fable" the book follows a fictional woman who becomes CEO of a fictional company emeshed in a too-common crisis: her top level of management is unable to work together for the common good of the company. As the scenarios unfurl, the book easily illustrates why corporations often derail despite having good people and the best of intentions. No one is evil, no one is lazy, no one wants to fail; but one-by-one these managers come to see that they have a very dysfunctional team. But....can they turn themselves around?
The story felt real and truthful. I could identify "this type" and "that type" from my own experiences....and can even, regretfully, spot my own shortcomings, too.
This is a very readable book and I recommend it highly if you happen to work on this planet with other people and wonder why we can't all get along?? ****1/2 Four and a half stars!
A quick read which imparts management skills through a parable of a fictional CEO stepping into a dysfunctional team at a software startup firm. Some useful information, made more memorable through the "example" which is the story.
A parable and an explanation of team dysfunctions. It's easy to identify yourself if you are part of a dysfunctional team. Putting the theory into practice is hard, though, if you don't have 100% buy-in. Certainly worth the read.
A fictional story that helps to explain the things that go wrong when people try to work as a team. After the story is done, there is extra explanation of what went wrong and how it could have been fixed.
Overall, a decent book that gives a good pyramid setup of things teams need to learn about reaching their goal - as well as what their goals might be.
Great stories to reference as you learn the habits and behaviors of people in leadership roles and become aware of how critical it is to be able to read past the words and actions to the real person behind them.
Excellent book - the "Fable" format makes it an easy read but makes the concepts a lot easier to understand. Rather than just explaining dysfunctional behavior in work teams, the book actually demonstrates them by telling the story of a team that began to recognize and overcome their dysfunctional behavior. A great read for anyone who works with others in business, civic organizations, church, etc.