The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable... about Restoring Sanity to the Most Important Organization in Your Life

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The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Theresa Cousins had never been so mad at her husband.Ironically, the comment that sparked heranger wasn't reallydirected at her specifically, and certainly wasn't meant ascriticism. In fact, he said it without maliceor emotion.

"If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family,they'd be out of business."

In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant andNew York Times ...

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The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Theresa Cousins had never been so mad at her husband.Ironically, the comment that sparked heranger wasn't reallydirected at her specifically, and certainly wasn't meant ascriticism. In fact, he said it without maliceor emotion.

"If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family,they'd be out of business."

In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant andNew York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns hissights on the most important organization in our lives—thefamily. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencionirealized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clientsput into running their organizations and the reactive way mostpeople run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of afrantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some ofthe tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and withsurprising results.

Like Lencioni's other books, The Three Big Questions for aFrantic Family is written as a fable, using realistic and humorouscharacters and plotlines that will keep readers turning pages withanticipation while they're learning how to bring sanity to theirlives. And they'll be amazed how just a little bit of structure anda few minutes of follow-through each week can make the differencebetween drudgery and fulfillment at home.

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A brief tutorial for parents more concerned with after-school schedules and pickup times than with business cycles: Patrick Lencioni, the author of this book, is a prominent management consultant responsible for half a dozen sales-stoked books on making organizations runs smoothly and effectively. In The 3 Big Questions to a Frantic Family, he throws caution aside and tackles the most daunting challenge of all: the average American household. Using the leadership fable model that has served him and his readers so well, Lencioni describes how the dysfunctional organization we call a family can be tweaked into a purring machine.
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Memo to mom: "if my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they'd be out of business." So says the management-consultant dad in this slim but thought-provoking volume. BlackBerrys are blurring the line between work and home. Why not apply business principles to "the most important organization in your life"? It's hard to argue with the idea that family goals should be carefully articulated. Likewise, a weekly family meeting can only help team spirit. But please, let's draw the line at pink slips.
Publishers Weekly

Lencioni (The Three Signs of a Miserable Job) makes an eloquent case for applying business tools to manage scattered and stressful home lives. He observes that even successful people who apply strategies and long-term thinking at work neglect to implement plans and goals for their own families, noting that "family chaos is just part of life and so we accept levels of confusion and disorganization and craziness at home that we would not tolerate at work." Lencioni invites readers into the lives of a fictional family, describing how overwhelmed stay-at-home mom Theresa brings greater serenity into her home by integrating business pointers into a three-step plan in which her family identifies what makes them unique, their top priority or "rallying cry" (a big project that can be worked on in two to six months) and a regular time to discuss their progress, preferably 10 minutes a week. Although Lencioni admits that his own family's experience using these tools has been limited, his book is a worthwhile if brief attempt to grapple with a particularly thorny problem facing overextended families. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787995324
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: J-B Lencioni Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 190,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling business author of seven books including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Three Signs of a Miserable Job. He is also a husband and the father of four boys. As president and founder of The Table Group, Pat has consulted to CEOs and leadership teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to churches and non-profits. In addition to his books, Pat has written or been featured in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Leader to Leader, and USA Today.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

THE FABLE.

Part One; The Problem.

Part Two: Business School.

Part Three: Trial and Error.

THE MODEL.

The Frantic Family.

Context.

Fast, fast, Fast.

The Three Big Questions.

Question #1: What makes Your Family Unique?

Question #2: What is Your Family's Top Priority-RallyingCry-Right Now?

Question #3: How do You Talk About and Use the Answers to TheseQuestions?

Family Examples.

Author's Note.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Patrick Lencioni has Great Ideas for Your Family

    Patrick Lencioni uses a story to illustrate the importance and power of using simple principles to clarify decisions in your family.

    It is a quick and easy read and is hard to put down, but it has a lot of great ideas and he communicates the principles very well.

    I just finished the book and look forward to putting this into practice in my family.

    I hope you get this book and are as excited about it as I am.

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