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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    The four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

    We have applied this to our office and have begun to see the changes. I have read all but one book by Lencioni and love the story lines. I would recommend this to any size office.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    An outstanding book.

    The "Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive" is a fast read and will provided valuable insight to anyone looking to make a change in their own personal life and leadership style. The conflict that exists among the characters exists in all organizations today. Patrick Lenicioni does a great job of teaching the reader how to lead and move an organization forward. A must read for any leader or executive.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    One of the best business books for entrepreneurs

    This is an easy read and should be read over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    Engaging, Insightful

    This book is Lencioni's second leadership fable. Weaving a story around a set of principles can be an effective teaching technique, and Lencioni is skillful in the art of moral-based storytelling. The first 136 pages of the book are consumed in telling the story of a CEO who discovered an effective way to lead his organization. The basis of the approach is a set of four disciplines, which are not revealed to the reader until the problem scenario has been established. This sequencing is valuable, since it forces the reader to come to grips with the real-life experiences of the characters of the story. The plot is intriguing. The engaging tale holds the reader's attention strongly enough that there is minimal temptation to read ahead to see if the butler did it. The lure of the story holds your attention. The realistic scenes and dialog give an 'edge' to the story; you forget you're reading a business book. It's not difficult at all to relate to each of the characters, even to the extent, perhaps, of identifying some of the characters with colleagues at work in your own organization. But there are surprises, so don't think you can second-guess this book. The story told, the author changes hats on page 137 to slide into the role of consultant and teacher. He explains the four disciplines through a narrative style that I'd liken to a friend sitting across the table from you. But then the questions start. Lots of questions . . . and answers. This effective consulting style comes naturally: Lencioni is president of a consulting firm in the San Francisco area. I recommend this book for CEOs, company owners, and consultants who serve them. You'll learn some interesting principles and how to convey them, but you'll also learn from the experience of reading the fable. Those who want to improve their communication of leadership concepts will benefit from the way Lencioni wove his story. Short book, big lessons. No, I didn't tell you the what the four disciplines are. I don't want to spoil it for you. Give into the temptation: read this book.

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