Beautifully illustrated by Kensuke Okabayashi, this enthralling edition of Patrick Lencioni's massive bestseller gives readers a new format in which to understand the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the heart of why teams--even the best ones--often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. This is a compelling fable with a powerful, yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional leaders.
Kensuke Okabayashi (Jersey City, NJ) is a working illustrator, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and an instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School in New York City.
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About the Author
Kensuke Okabayashi (Jersey City, NJ), author of Manga for Dummies, was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts; his works are being represented by various illustration agencies in New York City. His current illustration projects include Magic the Gathering (Wizards of the Coast,) Takara U.S.A., Kensington Books, Carl Fisher Music Books, and Skyzone Mobile Entertainment. His storyboards for top clients include Diesel Clothing, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Canon Digital, Absolute Vodka, and All Nippon Airlines. Awards and shows include The Harvey Kurtzman Award, Mercer Artist's Juror Choice Award, and The Society of Illustrators Award (New York City.) In addition to his creator owned series "JAVA!" published by Committed Comics, Kensuke is illustrating a number of graphic novel series with Image Comics writer, Mark Rickets, titled "Rocket Jockeys" and with Arcana Comics writer, Sal Cipriano, titled "Tiki Road." He has instructed illustration courses at Mercer College (NJ) and instructs art classes at the Educational Alliance Art School in NYC.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Part One: Underachievement.
Part Two: Lighting the Fire.
Part Three: Heavy Lifting.
Part Four: Traction.
An Overview of the Model.
A Note About Time: Kathryn's Methods.
About the Author.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Never judge a book by its format. This may be a manga-style presentation - and you might be able to read it in a couple of hours- but it contains deep, uncomfortable truths about people, teams and what can separate the great from the also-rans. Profound, insightful; I wish I'd read it 20 years ago