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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable | [Patrick Lencioni]

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

As CEO, most everything that Rich O'Connor did had something to do with at least one of the four disciplines on his famed "yellow sheet." Rich never suspected that it would become the blueprint of an employee's plan to destroy the firm. Best selling author Lencioni brings us a fable that focuses on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization.
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Publisher's Summary

As CEO, most everything that Rich O'Connor did had something to do with at least one of the four disciplines on his famed "yellow sheet." Some of the firm's executives joked that he was obsessed with it.

Interestingly, only a handful of people actually knew what was on that sheet, and so it remained something of a mystery. Which was okay with Rich, because no one really needed to understand it, other than him. He certainly never suspected that it would become the blueprint of an employee's plan to destroy the firm.
In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor.

This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization - an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success.

Listeners are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as Rich O'Connor, fictional CEO of technology consulting company Telegraph Partners, faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career and everything he holds true about what makes a leader.

In the story's telling, Lencioni deftly helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating a healthy organization, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.

Once again, Lencioni delivers an utterly gripping tale with a powerful and memorable message for all who strive to be extraordinary leaders.

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive is also available in print from Wiley.

Executive Producer: Jacob Bronstein
©2002 Patrick Lencioni
(P)2002 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a compelling story with a significant message for executives. The lessons here are substantial, and the style of writing is succinct, thorough, and very entertaining." (David S. Pottruck, president and co-CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation)
"Since implementing these ideas within our company, I've seen morale and productivity increase dramatically. Lencioni encourages us as managers to deal with human issues that are not quickly quantifiable in a spreadsheet or a quarterly report." (Glenn Kiser, vice president and general manager, Skywalker Sound, Lucas Digital LTD.LLC)

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    Tim Signal Mountain, Tennessee, United States 09-03-12
    Tim Signal Mountain, Tennessee, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive the most enjoyable?

    Lencioni understands what makes people tick, so he tells good tales about what makes companies work.


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    Nicola Gibson Madison, WI 07-05-12
    Nicola Gibson Madison, WI 07-05-12 Member Since 2013

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    Would you try another book from Patrick Lencioni and/or Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book didn't seem to have as much octane- convey as much as clearly as the other two books I really liked- dysfunctions of a team, and Death by Meeting- that I make All my staff and interns read. IT was good, but I would have liked thicker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oscar Sao Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12
    Oscar Sao Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12
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    "Does the Job"

    Through a very good narration, Lencioni does a good job of reminding many of us the most important aspects in a leadership role. Expect to find no rocket science nor deeply researched findings. Just thoroughly proven management ideas within sound leadership.

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    Mary Grand Rapids, MI, United States 02-14-12
    Mary Grand Rapids, MI, United States 02-14-12
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    "Something to listen to more than once!"
    Where does The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate this book at the top. I'm an avid listener of Jim Collins' books, but this book was even an easier listen and the leadership lessons are illustrated very clearly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole leadership team, with the exception of the newly hired HR executive, were all wonderfully described from the aspect of the leadership lessons.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Probably, but I don't recall.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an emotionally charged reaction, but I did tell my boss to listen to it and then ended up getting it for him as a Christmas gift...think he will get the hint?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Kitchener, ON, Canada 01-18-12
    James Kitchener, ON, Canada 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is easy to listen to in the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a great job of providing insight into hiring properly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jamie being caught with the competition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 03-15-11
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 03-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gave me great perspective on my co's exec team"

    I really enjoyed this book. I found that it built on the ideas in The Five Disfunctions of a Team and would suggested that book before this one. I really like Lencioni's style of using a story to illustrate the point and then finishing up by summarizing them in The Model. I actually found the novel part to be hard to put down!

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    Frederick Singapore, Singapore 09-15-10
    Frederick Singapore, Singapore 09-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must-read for all executives and management"

    Patrick has put the essence of management into 4 simple concepts that he calls obsessions and weaved them into a very interesting story.

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    Kevin Sausalito, CA, USA 08-31-03
    Kevin Sausalito, CA, USA 08-31-03 Member Since 2000
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    "The Four Obsessions of an EXtraordinary Executive"

    Sorry,

    This book does not belong in the business section. Admittedly, I was only able to struggle through the first third of the book, but it so poorly written that the pain became unbearable.

    When I read for business, I want the information to be short, punchy, and illuminating. This book strives to be a novel but lacks any of the prerequisite elements of a good tale.

    Kevin Hyland, Sausalito, Ca.

    1 of 22 people found this review helpful
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