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.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Lencioni, and this is a great story/read. However, the vast...vast majority of leadership is not the executives on the C floor. They are the middle managers. I have yet to find a really good resource for this very overlooked area of leadership. All of Lencioni's works are aimed at the CEO and Executives. I do get great insight from his engaging style, but there are not a lot of examples, if any, for leading from the middle of an organization.
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!
The book was great! I will definitely be using many of these ideas in my company. there is a great summary of the 4 meeting types at the end.
The choice to use a self-serving narrative caused a couple of initial heavy sighs and eye rolls but the points were so valid I give it a pass for using story telling to sell the lesson.
I can see areas that this would work well for my team, particularly using controversy to get our teams engaged in their interconnectivity, currently we have a lot of "islands" that could best serve the organization if they saw themselves as a part of the whole.
the book provided an interesting look into meetings and their structure. definately provided a challenge to review the existing structure and a desire to improve.
worth the time
"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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