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
"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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am a person that loves both...because I listen to the audio while communting or relaxing...I utilize the book to go back and highlight key areas for reference later when talking or teaching others.
The story is very simular to my own experiences so it is very easy to visualize not only the story but how it can play out in my own life.
He has a great voice and can differentiate the characters well with his voice.
I think that everytime I read a Patrick Lencioni book!
Patrick's book did a great job telling the story of how meetings can kill productivity. He also showed how rethinking meetings can bring life back into the business.
I liked Casey because he allowed his employees to change the work model and meeting structure. He was not a stodgy alpha male that wanted submission of those around him. I saw him as a good leader. I thought he was the main character until later in the book.
Jack was able to draw the listener into the story. He has a good voice and will not put you to sleep. I listened to this while I was driving so the 'not sleeping' was a really good thing.
Death by Meeting
This was a good listen. It was a great thought. I have used this material to restructure my meetings and change how we perform our day to day activities.
This is the most insighful read I have ever undertaken. I have never read any author that has examined the most frustrating part of life in more detail, nor with the best concepts. The story line permits the ideas to be unpacked perfectly and having read this while driving, it is very engaging, and definitely a re-read, over and over and over.
I wouldn't say that this book is QUITE as good as Lencioni's 5 Dysfunctions of the Team and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, but it's still a great book. The advice about the four types of meetings is actionable and relevant and, as usual, the narrative format is much appreciated.
"The Media of Meetings"
Well crafted story that had me thinking through each topic with the author.
The CNN Headline news meeting - I now use this one in all regular meetings.
No favourite character - all good and the diversity of characters is spot on with respect to any company
The idea of a CEO always worrying about what everyone thinks and getting tied in knots trying to keep everyone happy.
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.
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