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“It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, because it is so powerful and so rare”

Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a business book classic.  In it Patrick Lencioni identifies 5 essential behaviours of a high performing team: Trust, Productive Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results.   Each of the 5  behaviours are interrelated and when all are in place and optimised they support a team to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

This book is actually the reason we met and started working together.  We are both now accredited to deliver the 5 Behaviours of a Cohesive Team Programme and have found it to be  an immensely powerful and transformative experience for the many teams that we work with. 

Promises of Giants by John Amaechi is one we’ve read and re-read it is that good. The book was described by Adam Grant as “one of the most powerful books ever written about leadership” and we have to say we wholeheartedly agree. It’s a book that should be required reading for anyone whose role involves managing or leading people.

We’re big fans of Gervase Bushe.  He’s a leading academic, thinker and practitioner in the Organisational Development space and his work has had a significant influence on how we approach our own work with organisations.  

His book Clear Leadership focuses on how to relate to others honestly, openly and straightforwardly. We particularly enjoy his coverage of “interpersonal mush”—the stuff that gets in the way of partnership and collaboration in so many of our workplaces. We’ve all seen it: people with good intentions and noble goals are tripped up by misunderstandings, miscommunications, and misplaced motivations. It’s really common, but it’s also really preventable as Bushe explains in this book.