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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition): An Illustrated Leadership Fable

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    The best of both worlds - Business books and comic books

    When was the last time you read a comic book that also taught important leadership ideas... more so, ones about team dynamics and how to solve common seemingly unsolvable team problems? Bet you'd find it hard to even think that one exists.

    Well thanks to Patrick Lencioni and Kensuke Okabayashi, there is at least one such tome. this is obviously a take off from Lencioni's book with the same title, but what the Manga (Japanese animation art) style art of Okabayashi adds is a quick visual to better absorb the book's excellent ideas, in a faster manner - as only reading comics seem to afford.

    I'm not an avid speed reader... I prefer to take my time and really absorb any book I read - sometimes, my busy schedule would hardly afford me some time to read at all - but this book was so easy to read; and it's ideas so quick to absorb, that the comic made reading and appreciating this book seemingly effortless - and I did finish it within the day too.

    Are there any ideas lost in the Manga art style that were essential in the book? Maybe, after all, the comic version can always be seen as a summary... with little regard for too many details or examples. Guess this is both a good and bad thing. It is a time saver - a side effect of reading the story in the comic art form.

    But if you think the comic is a hindrance to the ideas presented, then I'd have to disagree... the comic format makes reading light - comprehension easier and learning faster. And if you somehow missed it - the model used in the 'training' is revealed. So fret not... the lesson is emphasized.

    As for the art... well, it's not too Japanese an art form, as it sometimes present things in an almost Tintin manner (so Herge and Tintin fans, take note. Though there are, indeed, anime effects that add to the hilarity of some situations - when called for, that is.

    What are the five dysfunctions? Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability and Inattention to Results - if it looks like there's noting new... well the book does not state anything new... but it states the obvious (or not too obvious) reasons for these - how these dysfunctions are inter-connected, and more importantly, how to combat them.

    By all means, if you're he busy type and can't be bothered with reading too much, then this Manga style is worth looking into. If only these two could collaborate for Patrick's other books. Either way I highly recommend this, and I will definitely - from here on, keep eyes peeled for Patrick's other books (Manga version, or not).

    Have a happy and enjoyable educational reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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