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Are You an Ideal Team Player?

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"Leaders who can identify, hire, and cultivate employees who are humble, hungry, and smart will have a serious advantage over those who cannot."

Patrick Lencioni, The Ideal Team Player

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The Book

In his classic, best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking new approach for attacking the dangerous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here, he turns his focus to the individual member of a team, revealing the three indispensable virtues that make some people better team players than others. The Ideal Team Player presents a powerful framework and easy-to-use tools for identifying, hiring and developing ideal team players in any kind of organization. Whether you’re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork, a human resources professional looking to hire real team players or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, this book will prove to be as practical as it is compelling.

The Model

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    Ideal team players are humble. They lack excessive ego or concerns about status. They are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek recognition for their own. They share credit, emphasize team over self, and define success collectively rather than individually.


    Ideal team players are hungry. They are always looking for more—more things to do, more to learn, more responsibility. Hungry people rarely have to be pushed by a manager to work harder because they are self-motivated and diligent. They are constantly thinking about the next step and the next opportunity.


    Ideal team players are smart. They are emotionally intelligent and have common sense about people. They tend to know what is happening in a group situation and how to effectively deal with others. They have good judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of their words and actions.

*What makes this model so powerful and unique is the required combination of all three attributes together. If even one attribute is missing in a team member, teamwork becomes significantly more difficult and sometimes even impossible.

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"The mark of a great meeting is not how short it is or whether it ends on time. The key is whether it ends with clarity and commitment from participants."

Patrick Lencioni

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Good Meetings

  • Are exciting, engaging, and productive

  • Have a clear purpose

  • Include some level of conflict

  • End in clarity and commitment

Death By Meeting Book

The Book

Death by Meeting focuses on a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary. Pat provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.

The Model

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    Share daily schedules and activities


    Review weekly activities and metrics, and resolve tactical obstacles and issues.


    Discuss, analyze, brainstorm and decide upon critical issues affecting long term success.


    Review strategy, competitive landscape, industry trends, key personnel, and team development.

*This model was originally presented in
Patrick Lencioni's book Death By Meeting

Healthy Organization

The Meeting Advantage

This web-based tool is designed to help teams have more effective meetings and reinforce organizational health on a week-to-week basis. Complete with video explanations from Pat to help you apply the material, this tool is as easy-to-use as it is transformational.


  • Ensure your company's organizational clarity always guides your decision-making
  • Galvanize your team to focus around the most important priorities
  • Use a simple and actionable color-coded system for measuring progress on shared objectives
  • Develop a real-time agenda focusing time and discussion on the most critical topics
  • Clarify post-meeting cascading messaging to the rest of your organization
  • Export weekly team meeting details, agenda, and notes to PDF
  • View Instructional video from Pat on how to run an effective meeting and leverage the The Meeting Advantage tool

Managing For Employee Engagement

"Engaged, enthusiastic, and loyal employees are pivotal drivers of growth and health in any organization."

Patrick Lencioni, The Truth About Employee Engagement

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The Book

The Truth About Employee Engagement takes on the universal problem of job dissatisfaction. The book presents managers with a practical, new approach for engaging employees in order to maximize their potential. Studies show, an employee's relationship with their direct manager is the most important determinant to employee satisfaction, more than pay, benefits, perks and work-life balance.

The Model

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    People cannot be fulfilled in their work if they do not feel known. All human beings need to be understood and appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in a position of authority.


    Everyone needs to know that their job matters to someone—anyone. Without seeing a connection between their work and the satisfaction of other people, an employee will not find lasting fulfillment.


    Employees need to be able to gauge their own progress and level of contribution. People cannot be fulfilled in their work if their success depends entirely on the opinions or whims of another person.

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