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

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

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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni, Jack Arthur

Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni's three previous business fables have sold nearly 350,000 copies. His latest takes on the most dreaded company activity...meetings—why we hate them, why we shouldn't, and how to make them great

The thought of meetings makes most business people miserable, but they're a critical and unavoidable part of what we do. Through fictional narrative, modeling, and practical solutions, Lencioni shows how to turn meetings from painful and tedious to productive, compelling, and even energizing. The story follows an executive who finds his job on the line and his future dependent on his ability to dramatically improve his disastrous meetings. An irreverent graduate student comes into the picture with fresh ideas and a new perspective to help the executive turn things around. This engrossing and concise audiobook will help improve morale, effectiveness, and the bottom-line at the office.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593974411
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 03/12/2004
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 25
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational effectiveness. His clients included Novell, Avnet, Excite@home, and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. He is the author of The Five Temptations of a CEO, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
OPsteve More than 1 year ago
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.
brandonu More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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