Good Reads

The word “Just” - By Brad Frost

I try to be as specific as possible when communicating with colleagues. A lot of the time when the word just is used, it should be replaced with a more specific and detailed explanation of what procedure or steps need to take place.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - By Patrick Lencioni

The five dysfunctions of a team:

  1. Absense of trust
  2. Fear of conflict
  3. Lack of commitment
  4. Avoidance of accountability
  5. Inattention to results

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I admit I was a little skeptical at first, wondering exactly how the information was about to be presented. Once I started reading though, I couldn’t put it down. It was easy for me to think back on my career as I flipped through the pages— moments I could have done a better job communicating, moments I could have reacted better to a situation or a comment… I was actually able to relate to the scenarios presented.

While I agree with all the topics this book presented, I feel like it’s important for me to at least mention that often… nobody in leadership is paying attention to the health of a team. I feel that it frequently gets ignored entirely. When I think back on the teams I’ve been on, most of them weren’t healthy. If you can trust the indivuduals around you, feel open to communicate whatever you’re thinking, commit to the relationship, be accountable, and pay attention to common goals— you have more than teammates. You have good friends.