The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

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In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization—an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership ...

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Overview

In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization—an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career, and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story's telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.

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"Another homerun by Lencioni! This will be the first book we giveto the thousands of executives who take part in our program."(Verne Harnish, founder, Young Entrepreneurs' Organization; CEO,Gazelles, Inc.)

"This is a wonderful book—a compelling story with a significantmessage for executives. The lessons here are substantial, and thestyle of writing is succinct, thorough, and very entertaining."(David S. Pottruck, president & co-CEO, The Charles SchwabCorporation)

"Since implementing these ideas within our company, I've seenmorale and productivity increase dramatically. Lencioni encouragesus as managers to deal with human issues that are not quicklyquantifiable in a spreadsheet or a quarterly report." (Glenn Kiser,vice president and general manager, Skywalker Sound, Lucas DigitalLTD.LLC)

"Another great page-turner from Lencioni! As fun to read as it isinsightful." (John Donahoe, worldwide managing director, Bain &Company)

"Pat's formula, while elegantly simple, has profound implicationsfor leaders in all sectors. It's right on the mark." (PaulaVanNess, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation ofAmerica)

"The four disciplines are the foundation of my company and shouldbe required reading for all start-up ventures." (Mark Weidick,president and CEO, Cymerc Exchange, Inc.)

"This is a powerful model for any organization, large or small.Lencioni knows his stuff." (Mark Hoffman, chairman & CEO,Commerce One)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470580455
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/24/2000
  • Series: J-B Lencioni Series, #12
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK LENCIONI, author of The Five Temptations of a CEO, is also the president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that specializes in organizational and executive development. In addition to his writing and consulting, Pat is a sought-after speaker on topics related to leadership and management. He lives with his wife Laura, and their twin boys, Matthew and Connor, in the Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

Green's Pain.

The History.

Green's Opportunity.

The Resolution.

Organizational Health: The Model.

Putting the Disciplines Into Practice: A Summary andSelf-Assessment.

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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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