Patrick Lencioni

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Management Consultant and Best-Selling Author

Pat Lencioni brings his models on teamwork, leadership and organizational health to tens of thousands of leaders each year. Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major conferences, Pat shares his models and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, professional organizations, non-profits and educational institutions. 

  • Fee Range: >$40,000
  • Travels From: California
  • Topics: Change Management, Leadership, Organizational Development, Team Building

Speaker Bio

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management-consulting firm focused on organizational health. He has been described by The One-Minute Manager's Ken Blanchard as "fast defining the next generation of leadership thinkers."

Pat's passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking, and consulting. Lencioni is the author of eight best-selling books with over 2.5 million copies sold. After several years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team continues to be a fixture on national best-seller lists. The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, became an instant best-seller in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and BusinessWeek. And his latest work, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, was released in August 2008.

The Wall Street Journal has named Lencioni one of the most in-demand business speakers. And he has been a keynote speaker on the same ticket with George Bush Sr., Jack Welch, Rudy Guiliani, and General Colin Powell.

Pat's work has been featured in numerous publications such as Fast Company, INC Magazine, USA Today, Fortune, Drucker Foundation' Leader to Leader, and Harvard Business Review.

As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and professional sports teams to universities and nonprofits, including Southwest Airlines, Barnes & Noble, General Mills, Newell Rubbermaid, SAP, Washington Mutual, and the US Military Academy at West Point.

Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development. He also served on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America from 2000-2003.

Pat lives in the Bay Area with his wife Laura and four boys.


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, 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 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 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.

Break Down the Barriers
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.


The Two-Day Off-Site
The two-day offsite is the first critical engagement we provide to most of our clients. Clients leave a Table Group offsite with a very real sense that their two days away from the office was not only worthwhile, but some of the most productive, practical time they have ever spent together.

Though no two sessions are identical because they are customized for the needs of a client and its industry, a typical consulting engagement begins with a two-day session drawing upon the methodologies found in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and Pat's other books.

During this fast paced two day session, a team can expect to:
Assess themselves against the Five Dysfunctions
Understand and implement the requirements of a high performing team
Build trust among team members
Better understand the benefits of engaging in ideological conflict
Create clarity around the organization's purpose, strategy and goals
Ensure alignment and commitment among team members
Gain a sense of momentum, energy and enthusiasm for the future

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