Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni (pronounced Len-CHO-knee) is the author of eleven best-selling business books with nearly five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health and became an immediate best-seller. After twelve years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Releasing this year in April, The Ideal Team Player, is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book.

Recognized in Fortune as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement.

The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.

Prior to founding his firm, Pat worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement.

Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with nearly five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health and became an immediate best-seller. After twelve years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Releasing this year in April, The Ideal Team Player, is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book.

The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.

Pat addresses thousands of leaders each year at world-class organizations and national conferences. Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major events, Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.

Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job
In his latest talk, Pat addresses perhaps the most timeless and elusive topic related to work: job misery. Based on his
much-anticipated book, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Lencioni delivers a message that is as revolutionary as it is
shockingly simple. Using a mix of humor and poignancy, he dismantles the root causes of frustration and anguish at work:
anonymity, irrelevance and immeasurement. In doing so, he provides managers at all levels, as well as employees, with
actionable wisdom and advice about how they can bring fulfillment and meaning to any job in any industry.

Whether you’re an executive looking to establish a sustainable competitive advantage around culture, a manager trying to
engage and retain your people, or an employee who has almost given up on finding meaning and fulfillment in your work, this talk will prove immediately invaluable.

The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Drawing on a few of his most influential and well-received business models, Pat Lencioni has turned his attention to the most important and overlooked organization in society –the Family. In his latest talk, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family (2008), Pat prescribes some powerfully simple business principles that parents can quickly put
into action to bring about more purpose and clarity to their home lives. Using case studies from real families who have successfully implemented Lencioni’s model, Pat will demonstrate how addressing three important questions will help families yield context in which to make daily decisions, reduce distractions and, ultimately, restore sanity to any family.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
According to Pat Lencioni, teamwork remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.
He makes the point that if you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time. Based on his runaway best-seller, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002), Pat uncovers the natural human tendencies that derail teams and lead to politics and confusion in so many organizations. Audience members will walk away with specific advice and practical tools for overcoming the dysfunctions and making their teams more functional and cohesive.

The Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization
Pat Lencioni claims that most companies have enough organizational intelligence, intellectual property and human capital to succeed, but ultimately fail to leverage those assets because they lack something he calls ‘organizational health.’ He defines a healthy organization as one where internal confusion and politics are minimized and an atmosphere of clarity and employee productivity can flourish. Built upon his model in The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (2000), Pat helps leaders understand the disarming simplicity and power of organizational health and reveals the four actionable steps that allow them to achieve it.

The Five Temptations of a Leader

Pat Lencioni believes that too many leaders overcomplicate their jobs. In reality, a leader’s success hinges on a few simple behaviors– behaviors that require remarkable levels of discipline. Based on the model in his first best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO (1998), Pat captures the natural human tendencies that plague all leaders and often prevent them from fulfilling their potential. He challenges leaders to engage in self-exploration, to assess their own temptations, and he offers actionable advice on how to overcome these all too common behavioral pitfalls that even the best leaders face.

Confronting the Absurdity of Meetings
Based on his book, Death by Meeting (2004), Pat Lencioni reveals some surprising truths about why we hate meetings, why we shouldn’t, and how to make them productive – even enjoyable. He debunks the myth that meetings are inherently bad and makes the case that they are, in fact, one of the most critical activities at the heart of an organization. Using pointed and humorous examples from his work, Pat paints the picture of prototypically bad meetings, and presents a new, radical approach to meetings, one that transforms them from drudgery to focused, relevant and compelling business activities.

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
In this popular talk, Pat Lencioni tackles a prominent symptom of corporate frustration: silos, the invisible barriers that separate work teams, departments and divisions, causing people who are supposed to be on the same team to work against one another. According to Lencioni, silos – and the turf wars they enable – devastate organizations by wasting resources, killing productivity and collaboration and jeopardizing the achievement of results. Drawing from his book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars (2006), Lencioni provides audience members with powerful advice on how to eliminate the structural obstacles that
derail organizations and foster mediocrity. Urging leaders to provide a compelling context for their employees to work together, Lencioni’s model gives leaders a simple tool for enabling clarity, alignment and prioritization in their organizations.

“Lencioni’s approach to organizational health is a game-changer. It’s a whole new way of looking at competitive advantage.”

Jeff Scherer,
Senior Vice President
Bain Capital


“Lencioni’s organizational health principles and practices allowed our organization to tap into its intellectual capital and talent like never before. We are seeing organizational transformation right before our eyes.”

Steve Burr,
Senior Vice President
Carolinas HealthCare System


“Our teams and leaders have really embraced Lencioni’s methodology. We’ve put these ideas into practice and we’re experiencing the results that prove it works.”

David Gordon
COO
The Cheesecake Factory

 
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