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Thoughtful Business Insights and Expert Perspectives for EA Members 

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Articles & Book Summaries


Abilene Paradox: Management By Agreement

by Dr. Jerry Harvey

The fundamental problem of contemporary organizations, broadly defined to include families, churches, governments, businesses and academic institutions, is the inability to cope with the fact that we agree with one another.

The problem is not the inability to cope with conflict. In fact, most conflict in organizations of all kinds is phony, and is unconsciously generated in an effort to keep us from having to do anything significant.

After making the above statement, Harvey recounts the origin of the Abilene Paradox. AbileneParadoxSummary.pdf


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

by Patrick M. Lencioni

In his book, Lencioni examines why effective teams are so rare, and he provides specific recommendations for eliminating barriers that lead to dysfunctional teams.

The attached document summarizes Lencioni’s work in a diagram that outlines the causes of team dysfunctionality and what can be done to overcome each one. FiveDysfunctions.pdf


The World is Flat

by Thomas L. Friedman

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman examines today's and tomorrow's global economy forecasting a world where "economic stability is not going to be a feature" and services, as well as manufacturing, will continue to be outsourced.

The attached document is a summary of Friedman's book by TEC Wisconsin Chair Phil Hauck. WorldIsFlat.pdf