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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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    wish he would have used more examples from the fable in the final chapter. otherwise, it was great.

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    "Wow what a mindset shift"

    This book is the catalyst you've been looking for to shift your life and business from where you are to where you want to be!

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    Nice book clear and Concise Must read for any executive who want to go to the Top

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    "Good book"

    Informative and thought provoking. Looking forward to reading more of Patrick Lecioni's books. I have read 3 so far. Next up" temptations of the CEO"

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    Jim ORMOND BEACH, FL, United States 03-25-13
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    Would you listen to The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive again? Why?

    Yes, I have started to use some of what I learned and I am sure that I would find more to use if read again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you need to have time to think about the concepts in between sittings.


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    Yana Staten Island, New York, United States 02-12-13
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    This is a great introduction for a book called Traction. I was very engaged. I would highly recommend getting this book.

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    Tim Signal Mountain, Tennessee, United States 09-03-12
    Tim Signal Mountain, Tennessee, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
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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 2014

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    "not as much octane as the others"
    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.

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    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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