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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Worth reading multiple times!

I lead two decent sized organizations and one of the biggest issues is getting leadership teams to develop into leaders. This book literally brought tears my eyes several times. It should be required reading material and the MBA programs in the world. Be cohesive, be clear, over communicate, reinforce... the four most simple keys to grasp yet the hardest to implement... thank you Patrick and TG for continuing your work to make teams better!

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Not so common sense

Basic, simple and effective framework for implementing and sustaining basic leadership and management structure and sustainable system for a healthy organization.

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Solid, tried and true , all the way thru!

40 years in business and I learn something new every day, even if I knew it Once, or herd it last week, Patrick's ability to communicate the foundational precepts and core principals of success is astounding!

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  • 04-17-15

Great audiobook

Patrick is a master storyteller. He is easy to follow and puts his storyline into a very understandable dialogue. I will read this again

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LENCIONI is RELIABLE!

I have a number of Lencioni's books - both Audio and Paper. I am always engaged and feel that I always take something significant away from it. If you are a leader - whether corporate or otherwise - you will greatly benefit from this writer.

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the final chapter is great

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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A must listen

The content is extremely important and valuable. The implementation is hard. The key is discipline.

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Fantastic Book on Extra ordinary Executive

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"