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Death by Meeting: A Leadership fable...about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Businessby Patrick M. Lencioni
Synopses & Reviews
Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life.
In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever be known, would begin. Casey had every reason to believe that his performance over the next two hours would determine the fate of his career, his financial future, and the company he had built from scratch.
"How could my life have unraveled so quickly?" he wondered.
In his latest page-turning work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered on a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.
Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesnt know how to solve. And he doesnt know where or whom to turn to for advice. His staff cant help him; theyre as dumbfounded as he is by their torturous meetings.
Then an unlikely advisor, Will Petersen, enters Caseys world. When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.
As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.
Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and the
Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni's three previous business fables have sold nearly 350,000 copies. His latest takes on the most dreaded company activity...meetings--why we hate them, why we shouldn't, and how to make them great The thought of meetings makes most business people miserable, but they're a critical and unavoidable part of what we do. Through fictional narrative, modeling, and practical solutions, Lencioni shows how to turn meetings from painful and tedious to productive, compelling, and even energizing. The story follows an executive who finds his job on the line and his future dependent on his ability to dramatically improve his disastrous meetings. An irreverent graduate student comes into the picture with fresh ideas and a new perspective to help the executive turn things around. This engrossing and concise audiobook will help improve morale, effectiveness, and the bottom-line at the office.
PRAISE FOR PATRICK LENCIONI
"Finally, a real solution to an age-old problem. Meetings may never be the same."
—Kris Hagerman, executive vice president, strategic operations, VERITAS Software Corporation
"Death by Meeting is about much more than meetings; it's about an entire management philosophy. I read a lot of books on management, and Lencioni's are among the very best. They form the basis for our approach at Silicon Valley Bank."
–Ken Wilcox, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank
"Lencioni has done it again! Insightful. Practical. Ready-to-implement solutions. If you lead people, you can’t afford to miss this book. It’s an absolute must-read."
–Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association
"We've put Pat's theories into practice and they work. Our meetings are more productive, our communication is clearer, and the team’s commitment to decisions is much greater."
–Curt Nonomaque, president and CEO, VHA Inc.
"Meetings are such a critical element of effective organizational communication. Lencioni has provided a concise, entertaining, and inventive guide to improving meeting structure, participation, and results. Thumbs up for this insightful tale."
–Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of operations, Major League Baseball
Table of Contents
Part One: Flashback.
Part Two: Plot Point.
Part Three: Protagonist.
Part Four: Action.
Part Five: Resolution.
The Paradox of Meetings.
Problem #1: Lack of Drama.
Problem #2: Lack of Contextual Structure.
The Biggest Challenge of All: “The Myth of Too Many Meetings”.
A Final Thought on Meetings.
The Weekly Tactical Meeting Guide.
About the Author.
What Our Readers Are Saying