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

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787968052
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: J-B Lencioni Series , #15
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 48,357
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 5.82 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and the author of several best-selling books. In addition to his work as an executive coach and consultant, Pat is a sought-after speaker. Prior to founding The Table Group, he worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development.
Pat lives with his wife, Laura, and their boys, Matthew, Connor, and Casey, in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him at The Table Group’s web site, www.tablegroup.com, or at patricklencioni@tablegroup.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

The Fable.

Preview.

Part One: Flashback.

Part Two: Plot Point.

Part Three: Protagonist.

Part Four: Action.

Part Five: Resolution.

The Model.

The Paradox of Meetings.

Executive Summary.

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.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    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. 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Finally, a practical tool for a common problem!

    Lencioni's best yet. This work of business fiction provides an easily read lesson on how to deal with time wasting meetings. Organizations that learn from this story will immediately become more productive. Every organizational leader should read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Changed My Organization Overnight

    All of Pat's books have been a pleasure to read. However Death By Meeting had a significant impacton my organization within 24 hours. Pat lays out a easy way to make all those dreaded meetings fun and productive...quickly. We have ordered over 20 books to date and have been giving them out like candy to our staff and our customers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Simple Revolution

    This strategy for meetings has the potential to revolutionize your organization. It's so simple anyone can understand and implement it. The story format makes it particularly easy to envision how it might look where you're at.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    I fell asleep during the first parts of this book that I had to

    I fell asleep during the first parts of this book that I had to skip to the end.  I tried my hardest not to.  I tried to follow along to get the 'point' but he took way too long to get to the point.

    This book was not for me.  It didn't give practical detailed suggestions that I was looking for.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Great for team leaders or executives

    This brings out all the items team members think but dont say. Easy read, good easy aways to make simple change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Here is a business book that won't put you to sleep!

    This book was a page-turner. I kept wanting to read on to find out how things would unfold for the main characters. I've also found a lot of useful ideas in this book to apply to my job as a manager. I've already applied the 5 minute daily huddle concept and found it to be quite effective in eliminating unnecessary emails with the added benefit of building some team spirit. I've also believe that the idea of "mining for conflict" is critical to successfully running an organization.

    There is no doubt this book will get you thinking about meetings in an entirely different and more interesting way.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    It changed my perspective on meetings

    I immediatley began to implement changes in my meeting structures after reading this book a year ago. We have continued to evolve over the past year. Our meetings are never boring and the entire team stays engaged. Our team now includes our meeting structure and format as a part of our core ideology.

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