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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business | [Patrick Lencioni]

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

In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.
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Publisher's Summary

In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Reknowned for turning fables into practical advice, Lencioni makes his groundbreaking model applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate frustration among their teams and create environments of engagement and passion.

©2004 Patrick Lencioni; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Business Information/Educational, 2005

"Finally, a real solution to an age-old problem. Meetings may never be the same. (Kris Hagerman, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, VERITAS Software Corporatio

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    Jim Hill Mission Viejo, CA USA 12-18-04
    Jim Hill Mission Viejo, CA USA 12-18-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Comprehensive and not too academic"

    This was an enjoyable listen. The "fable" was interesting. The facts were applicable. I will be able to make direct applications and use the principles to improve efficiency and communication...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    reggie p PA 05-19-04
    reggie p PA 05-19-04 Member Since 2006

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    "business lessons in stoy format"

    This was an interesting story illustrating the importance of business meetings and how to conduct them. I'm sure anyone who has ever attended a business meeting will find themselves somewhere in this story, especially at the beginning when they were doing it all wrong, and chuckle. There were many examples to reinforce the concepts of how to do it right.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Paradise WatersAustralia 05-15-05
    Peter Paradise WatersAustralia 05-15-05
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    "Tried and tested"

    I listened to this story twice and found it exactly what I was looking for, as a recipe for creating compelling meetings with my staff of 16 managers. The model is simple to implement and creates immediate results, from interesting short weekly tactical meetings to monthly & quarterly strategic discussions with active debate. I also recommend reading Patrick's other title on the "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" as it melds very well with this one to build overall team strength with robust communications and a trust ethic that gets results.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    michael Haughton, louisiana, United States 07-13-12
    michael Haughton, louisiana, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good...but certainly not Lencioni's best"

    Overall as with all of Lencioni's fables the story is good. It isn't my favorite, but it is good and there is plenty to take away. The narrator was good for the first half of the book, but then the audio appeared to shift significantly at the beginning of a new section. It was enough of a shift that I thought it was a completely new narrator altogether. Additionally the narration is at times a bit too animated for my taste.

    In summary, the story is good, but certainly should not be your first Lencioni book and the narration is adequate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caylene J. Vincent Ballarat, Australia 08-10-11
    Caylene J. Vincent Ballarat, Australia 08-10-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Solving Meetings"

    The fact that Patrick first writes in a fable enables you to connect with some of the issues that you face in your own meetings, and then the processes and working through them with "real" people who do exist with the same challenges in your own organisation enables you to grasp the concepts that Patrick is sharing with you at a realistic level. The book is neither too long or too short!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pflugerville, TX, USA 08-26-04
    Paul Pflugerville, TX, USA 08-26-04
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    "Death by meetings"

    Very good concepts and approach. Story and examples to reinforce.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Lopez Overland Park, Kansas United States 08-24-15
    Jose Lopez Overland Park, Kansas United States 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "exceptional and insightful reading"

    excellent narrator, very well structure management guide to improve the effectiveness of internal corporate communications exchanges

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    Stephen Svajian Williamsburg, VA 07-02-15
    Stephen Svajian Williamsburg, VA 07-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best meetings book"

    I really like Lencioni's style. He presents ideas in a super compelling way. This book makes the case that meetings are critical to organizational health and then provides a great recipe for implementing effective meetings. Love it.

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    "Freaking loved it!"

    Outstanding story with a great roadmap for how to have effective meetings! This changed my whole outlook.

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    William Atlanta, Ga, United States 06-23-15
    William Atlanta, Ga, United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Huge Lencioni fan!"

    I am a huge fan of Patrick Lencioni. Sure his main point can be boiled down to fit on one page but the story he crafts helps bring the he points to life and make them more memorable.

    As with other books of his, this didn't disappoint!!

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    What made the experience of listening to Death by Meeting the most enjoyable?

    Well crafted story that had me thinking through each topic with the author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death by Meeting?

    The CNN Headline news meeting - I now use this one in all regular meetings.


    Which character – as performed by Jack Arthur – was your favourite?

    No favourite character - all good and the diversity of characters is spot on with respect to any company


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The idea of a CEO always worrying about what everyone thinks and getting tied in knots trying to keep everyone happy.


    Any additional comments?

    The Advantage takes some of the key parts of this and other books by the author however I like being able to read/listen to both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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