Patrick Lencioni : The Table Group: A Patrick Lencioni Company

The Table Group

A Patrick Lencioni Company

Patrick Lencioni started The Table Group in 1997 based on a principle he had been unconsciously developing since childhood.

Growing up, Pat became fascinated with the world of work as he listened to his dad describe the frustrating dysfunction and chaos within the company where he worked for 40 years. Though he didn’t know it at the time, he would eventually dedicate his career to helping organizations, and the people who work within them, become healthier and more successful.

Today, Pat serves as president of The Table Group, where he spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational life, speaking to audiences interested in those topics, and consulting to CEOs and their teams so that they can apply his principles in their organizations. In 2005, Pat started his POV program with the intention of sharing his models, ideas and insights around organizational life to his readers and clients. Please, feel free to sign–up for this complimentary newsletter and explore the topics below.

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The Benefits of Being Managed

April 2014

It’s been more than sixteen years since I’ve had a boss. When we started The Table Group in 1997, for the first time in my career I found myself reporting to no one. It’s a situation faced by many CEOs, as well as church pastors, school principals and other organizational leaders who are largely unmanaged. For some, this may sound desirable, not having to be accountable to anyone on a day–to–day basis. In reality, it can be unsatisfying and lonely. Which is why I believe that effective leaders at the top of organizations allow themselves to be managed by the people who are in the best position to do so: their direct reports. Let me be clear about what I mean.


When Meg Whitman Loved Me

January 2014

No, this is not a tabloid headline. It’s a true story, and not a steamy one. It was more than twenty years ago, long before Meg Whitman became the CEO of Hewlett–Packard, or candidate for governor of California, or CEO of eBay. I was just out of college in my first job as a research analyst for the management consulting firm, Bain & Company, and she was the lead partner on one of the projects I was working on, which made her something of my boss. As a senior in college, I had decided that management consulting sounded really interesting.


The Lost Art of Simplicity

October 2013

This is going to be a difficult POV to write, because making a case for the power of simplicity is no easy task. And yet, more than ever, I’m convinced that simplicity is the scarcest commodity among leaders, and probably the most important. Here are some good quotes that attest to this on a theoretical level.

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Albert Einstein believed that “most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in language comprehensible to everyone.”

And yet, in my consulting to organizations of all kinds, from high tech companies to churches to banks, I find that there is a natural tendency among managing leaders to add unnecessary complexity to situations, problems, descriptions and solutions.


The Dangers of Dishonest Marketing

July 2013

Summer involves a lot of air travel for me, and so I suppose I get inspired, or provoked, to address my airline frustrations and relate them to leadership and management. But the purpose here is not to complain about bad service. That’s not to say that the flight that stimulated this essay featured good service. It didn’t. It was one of the big, legacy air carriers, and even as we were boarding the flight attendants made it clear that they were not looking forward to our disruptive presence in their workplace.


What Leaders Won't Do

June 2013

In the course of my career, I’ve always been amazed at what leaders will do for their organizations. So many founders and CEOs will spend countless late nights in the office, endure long and grueling business trips, even sacrifice their own financial resources, all to increase the likelihood, even slightly, that their enterprises will succeed. Sadly, these efforts often come at the expense of their health, their families and their sanity. But the one thing that amazes me more than what leaders will do for their enterprises, is what they so often won’t do – endure emotional discomfort at work.


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Full Bio

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant with over two decades of experience working with CEOs and their executive teams. He is founder and president of The Table Group, a consulting firm dedicated to building healthy organizations. He is the author of many bestselling books including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which continues to be a weekly fixture on national bestseller lists; his books have sold over three million copies.

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

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, Bill Clinton, and General Colin Powell.

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, Chick-fil-A, Nestle, AT&T, Northwestern Mutual, General Mills, SAP, Willow Creek, 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.

Lencioni lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their four sons.