The Five Temptations of a CEO, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Leadership Fable

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The Commemorative Edition of a Landmark Book from Patrick Lencioni

"Patrick Lencioni's combination of homey management truths and simpleprose has struck a chord with business leaders tired of jargon and complicated strategic models."
The Wall Street Journal

"This book reflects so much of what I love about Patrick's insights; thought provoking, challenging of the accepted, simple but not simplistic, and highly practical. It should be a primer ...

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Overview

The Commemorative Edition of a Landmark Book from Patrick Lencioni

"Patrick Lencioni's combination of homey management truths and simpleprose has struck a chord with business leaders tired of jargon and complicated strategic models."
The Wall Street Journal

"This book reflects so much of what I love about Patrick's insights; thought provoking, challenging of the accepted, simple but not simplistic, and highly practical. It should be a primer for leaders at all levels—not just CEOs."
Colleen C. Barrett, president Southwest Airlines Co.

"Lencioni's remarkable ability to tell a compelling story is what sets this book apart from most other leadership books."
Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications

"I talk about the Five Temptations in all my leadership programs and have used it to enhance my leadership and the leadership of others."
David C. Novak, chairman, CEO, and president Yum! Brands

"The Five Temptations of a CEO is a thoughtprovoking story, a reason to examine your behavior in light of your current challenges. Read it, reflect on its message, make changes, and read it again in a few months."
Edward T. Reilly, president and CEO, American Management Association

In an intense and often combative exchange, the two debate fundamental issues faced by all leaders-issues involving personal integrity and effectiveness in the ongoing struggle for success. While some of these topics have been bandied about in the leadership literature for years, in The Five Temptations of a CEO they actually begin to make sense.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This tape presents the story of Andrew, a CEO, and the five temptations he faces in management. The central part of the work is a quirky dream. Very simplified, the temptations are putting self first, wanting to be liked rather than to lead, making decisions reluctantly, elevating harmony above productive argument, and not trusting subordinates. The author's discussions at the end of the story help clarify the main points, and the narration is nicely done by Boyd Gaines. Some of the ideas are good, but the advice is not consistently insightful. Recommended only for libraries with large management collections.--Mark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470267585
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Series: J-B Lencioni Series , #32
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 79,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick M. Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high-tech start-ups to universities and nonprofits. He is the author of seven nationally recognized books, including the New York Times best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

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Andrew



Andrew O'Brien hadn't been the last person to leave the offices of Trinity Systems for the past five years. In fact, he hadn't stayed past midnight since taking the job of CEO.

As he stared out the picture window from his office above San Francisco, he wondered how it had come to this.

Tomorrow would be the one-year anniversary of Andrew's promotion. It would also be the first board meeting in which he would be accountable for the results of an entire fiscal year. Those results, as he had grown accustomed to saying, were "unspectacular at best."

But the results didn't bother Andrew as much as his state of mind did. Lately, he wasn't comfortable walking the halls of his company. He didn't feel at ease leading his own executive staff meetings. And certainly he wasn't looking forward to meeting with the board tomorrow. They probably wouldn't be too tough on him, he thought, but they wouldn't be patting him on the back either.

Andrew O'Brien could not deny that he was at a low point in his tenure as CEO, a point he never expected to reach so soon.

And then things got worse.

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Table of Contents

Tribute.

Foreword.

Introduction.

The Fable.

The Model: A Summary of Why Executives Fail.

Self-Assessment.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    Excellent, and a quick read

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. As a young CEO I recognized the temptation(s?) that I give into clearly after seeing them black on white. Such a simple message that is appropriate for all managers. I am sharing it with all the people on my team so we can work together on making sure we all avoid the temptations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Great read

    Like other books by Mr. Lencioni, this is a fast and interesting read. The insight can be applied the first day after you finush.

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