About Patrick Lencioni - Management Consultant and Speaker on Organizational Health:
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 over five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After sixteen years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Released in 2016, The Ideal Team Player is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book and also a Wall Street Journal best-seller. In his latest book The Motive Lencioni shifts his attention toward helping Leaders understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.
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.
What Patrick Lencioni Talks About:
The Ideal Team Player
As a follow-up to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni turns his attention to the individual team-member, revealing the three indispensable virtues—humility, hunger and people smarts—that make some people better team players than others. Pat explores the power this combination yields, and illustrates how team members with these traits drastically accelerate the process of building high-performing teams. This approach has served as the basis for hiring and evaluation at his own firm for the past two decades, and now offers an effective method for leaders to identify and cultivate true team players in any organization. Whether you’re a leader striving to bring about a culture of collaboration, a human resources professional looking to recruit real team players, or an employee who simply wants to make yourself a more valuable team-member, this talk will provide insights that can help you change your organization, or your career.
Addressing the model in his brand-new book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, Pat makes the overwhelming case that organizational health
will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy and technology, Pat demonstrates that there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them. Instead of trying to become smarter, he asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have. He defines a healthy organization as one that has minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good employees. Drawing on his work consulting to some of the world’s leading teams and reaffirming many of the themes cultivated in his other bestsellers, Pat reveals the four steps to achieving the ultimate competitive advantage.
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, 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.
Based on the principles in his book, Getting Naked, Pat Lencioni presents a revolutionary and counterintuitive approach to client service that yields uncommon levels of trust and loyalty.
Naked Service| as Lencioni calls it, provokes consultants and service providers to be completely transparent and vulnerable with clients and to avoid the three fears that ultimately sabotage client allegiance. Learn principles like
enter the danger|
tell the kind truth| and
always consult instead of sell that can help you establish a fiercely loyal client base. Whether you are an internal or external consultant, financial advisor or anyone else serving long-term clients, you will glean some powerful tools for overcoming the three fears, and gain a real and lasting competitive edge.
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
In his 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 Pat, silos and the turf wars they enable devastate organizations by wasting resources, killing productivity and jeopardizing results. Drawing from his book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, Pat provides leaders with powerful advice on how to eliminate the structural obstacles that derail organizations. Urging leaders to provide a compelling context for their employees to work together, Pat’s model gives leaders a simple tool for enabling clarity, unity and alignment in their organizations.
Managing Employee Engagement
In this 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.
Confront the Absurdity of Meetings
Based on his popular book, Death by Meeting, 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 a competitive 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.
The Five Temptations of a Leader
Lencioni believes that leaders too often over complicate their jobs when, in reality, success hinges on mastering a few simple behaviors that require uncommon levels of discipline. Based on the model from his book The Five Temptations of a CEO, Pat offers actionable advice on how to overcome the five behavioral pitfalls that prevent leaders from achieving their full potential.
Pat blew us away! His energy, passion and genuine humor are qualities that truly put him in a class of his own. His session was transformational to our senior leaders.