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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining Self Improvement Book

Though the book could have just been the last few chapters, it very interesting and exciting story made it a fun and quick read. The author added a fictional story to explain why each idea this book is important and how each meeting idea works in a real life sitution. ...
Though the book could have just been the last few chapters, it very interesting and exciting story made it a fun and quick read. The author added a fictional story to explain why each idea this book is important and how each meeting idea works in a real life sitution. It really hit a number of angles both for the skeptics and easily persuaded. Anyone has sat through a painful meeting would benefit from this book and even more if a copy of left for meeting leaders.

posted by brandonu on March 10, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Got time and no common sense? Then boy, do I have a book for you!

What makes a meeting bad? Through the first half of Death by Meeting the reader will most certainly figure this out on his own and yet Lencioni will take another thirty pages to explain it to him. The character named Will is the most interesting part of the entire novel...
What makes a meeting bad? Through the first half of Death by Meeting the reader will most certainly figure this out on his own and yet Lencioni will take another thirty pages to explain it to him. The character named Will is the most interesting part of the entire novel. His genuine concern for the company allows the reader to connect with him, while his ingenuity in problem solving awes the reader. He rarely disappoints in his quest to save Casey's business; however, the consulting of his "business guru" mother weakens the character and wonders the reader into asking "why?"

While this book was not exactly a page turner, it was extremely helpful in providing an example to follow and build upon. He is correct in his assertion that a meeting must be dramatic and structured. However, this is true for most organized events such as a class. When a teacher just lectures the entire class and does not allow for input or opposing views then a student might as well just read the book and skip class. Lencioni took about 250 pages to relay this message. If you have not figured this out on your own yet, then Death by Meeting is perfect for you. If you have, then I recommend a more compelling book, possibly on how not to waste your money on pointless prose.

posted by OPsteve on May 15, 2009

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Entertaining Self Improvement Book

    Though the book could have just been the last few chapters, it very interesting and exciting story made it a fun and quick read. The author added a fictional story to explain why each idea this book is important and how each meeting idea works in a real life sitution. It really hit a number of angles both for the skeptics and easily persuaded. Anyone has sat through a painful meeting would benefit from this book and even more if a copy of left for meeting leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    A Good Read!

    Continuing the current hot trend of couching business counsel in fables, author Patrick Lencioni takes on the ogre of the deadly dull meeting and through story and advice, wrestles it to the ground. The book is in large part about boring meetings and the author manages to reproduce their tone exactly. The protagonists are the boss, Casey, and an employee named Will who eventually loses his temper in the face of one more stifling, useless meeting. The author plants lessons about meetings throughout the story, revealed by the characters' experiences. However, after the fable comes an undiluted section of advice: about 40 pages of straightforward, expository prose about how to have more effective, engaging meetings. If you want useful workday advice and prefer to save fairytales ¿ even those with built-in lessons ¿ for bedtime, start there. We welcome this solid guidance on how to make meetings work better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Really worthwhile

    I found this author and book - referred to me by a co-worker - to be a totally worthwhile read. Fun to read - in a business book?! - but more importantly really helpful to me as a manager. I have since bought it for others in my group.

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