Best Selling author, Consultant
Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management-consulting firm focused on executive team development and organizational health. Since establishing the firm in 1997, Lencioni has been speaking, consulting and writing about topics related to leadership, organizational health, teamwork, change and corporate culture.Two years later in the fall of 2000, he completed his second leadership fable, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. His highly anticipated book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, was added to the Lencioni Leadership Collection in the spring of 2002. In addition to his writing and consulting, Lencioni is a highly sought-after public speaker. He has delivered keynote addresses to a wide variety of audiences, including Novell, Lucas Digital, AT&T, New York Life, The American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Visa, TEC Worldwide, Avnet, Inc. and Young Presidents’ Organization. Prior to founding The Table Group, Lencioni worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development. He also serves on numerous advisory boards and currently sits on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
Speech Titles and Descriptions
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 immeasurability. 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 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.
Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars. In his latest 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.
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 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 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.