Patrick Lencioni

Unify your team—and dominate any industry, against any competition, at any time.

Author of The Five Temptations of a CEO

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Patrick Lencioni | Author of The Five Temptations of a CEO

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group—a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling. 

Patrick Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. Pat is the author of ten best-selling books with over three million copies sold. After ten years in print, his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, continues to be a fixture on national best-seller lists. His book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, was released to favorable reviews and became an immediate national best-seller. His latest book, The Ideal Team Player: How to Identify and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues, presents a powerful framework and easy-to-use tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players in any kind of organization. 


The widespread 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. 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.


Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major events, Pat addresses thousands of leaders each year at world class organizations and national conferences. 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.   

Speech Topics

Corporate Culture
Ideal Team Player How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues

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. Now, he’s turning his focus to the individual members of a team, revealing the three indispensable virtues that make some people better team players than others. In this keynote, based on his new book, The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni 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 talk will prove to be as practical as it is compelling.

Business Strategy
Getting Naked

Based on the principles in 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. No matter who the audience, they will certainly glean some powerful tools for overcoming the three fears, and gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni uncovers the natural tendencies that derail teams and lead to confusion in so many organizations—and then delivers practical tools for creating functioning, cohesive teams. If you could get all the people in your company going in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, against any competition, at any time. 

Corporate Culture
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

With banter and touching anecdotes, Patrick Lencioni dismantles the root causes of job dissatisfaction (anonymity, irrelevance and immeasurability) and gives both managers and employees the actionable advice on how they can bring fulfillment and meaning to their jobs.