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The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable | [Patrick Lencioni]

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable

Young, ambitious, and overwhelmed, Andrew O'Brien personifies a part of every leader as he wanders in search of the elusive silver bullet that will propel him to success. He happens upon an unlikely guide who distills the seemingly infinite list of leadership perils into the five temptations of a CEO. In an intense and often combative exchange, the two debate fundamental issues faced by all leaders, issues involving personal integrity and effectiveness in the ongoing struggle for success.
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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning business fiction debut, Patrick Lencioni delivers a powerful wake-up call to all of us who dare to lead.

Young, ambitious, and overwhelmed, Andrew O'Brien personifies a part of every leader as he wanders in search of the elusive silver bullet that will propel him to success. He happens upon an unlikely guide who distills the seemingly infinite list of leadership perils into the five temptations of a CEO. In an intense and often combative exchange, the two debate fundamental issues faced by all leaders, issues involving personal integrity and effectiveness in the ongoing struggle for success. While some of these topics have been bandied about in the leadership literature for years, here they actually begin to make sense.

Refreshingly original and utterly compelling, Andrew's story will serve as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors, behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master.

©1998 Patrick Lencioni; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

What the Critics Say

"Applicable to any rising manager." (Booklist)
"Patrick Lencioni serves up an intriguing fable and an interesting approach to business writing." (AudioFile)

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    "bad bad bad i want my money back"

    wow i want my money back. wait i want my time back as well, this book is just like the movie A Christmas Carol. sorry it was a wast of time and money

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    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-20-13
    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Lencioni and/or Patrick Lencioni?

    Yes, I would. Indeed, I consider Five Dysfunctions of a Team a "must read" and pull it of the shelf as a refresher often.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Lencioni again?

    Again, I would since I consider Five Dysfunctions of a Team a "must read" and pull it of the shelf as a refresher often.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Lencioni?

    Doesn't matter as the substance of the book is the limiting factor


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


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    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-10-11
    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great!! must read/lessen :)"

    Great short story. Great Audio. really easy to apply and understand. Would suggest to anyone that directs people and take ownership of there product.

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    Ashraf Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 06-26-11
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    "a quick and simple book"

    A good book with good tips for self improvement, simple to listen to. Would like to see part 2 of the book with more details if possible.

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    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 03-18-11
    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 03-18-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Patrick Lencioni is one of my favorite authors"

    I have read most of his books, and I appreciate the style of his teaching. He always weaves a great story and it sticks. If you are challenged by dry textbooks, I would recommend you give his books a try. You can learn a lot while enjoying a good read. The Five Temptations of a CEO is one of my favorites - probably right alongside "Death By Meeting" and "The Five Disfunctions of a Team".

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    Mamdouh Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 10-05-10
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    "One of the lighter reads"

    Most of this book is narrated in a form of a story and a dialog between two people making it more entertaining and lighter listen while delivering some really good point.
    Definitely Recommend

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    Nitza Miami, FL, USA 08-31-09
    Nitza Miami, FL, USA 08-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Invaluable insight!"

    No more excuses! The author exposes the five temptations to which we may so easily unknowlingly succumb in his quaint fable. He provokes us to perform some soul-searching and then get our feet back on the ground and on track to success. It is not easy but "it is not complicated".

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