Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

by Patrick M. Lencioni

Wiley | March 4, 2004 | Hardcover |

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Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life.

In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever be known, would begin.  Casey had every reason to believe that his performance over the next two hours would determine the fate of his career, his financial future, and the company he had built from scratch.

"How could my life have unraveled so quickly?" he wondered.

In his latest page-turning work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings.  And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesn't know how to solve.  And he doesn't know where or who to turn to for advice.  His staff can't help him; they're as dumbfounded as he is by their tortuous meetings.

Then an unlikely advisor, Will Peterson, enters Casey's world.  When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.

As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world.  Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2004

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787968056

ISBN - 13: 9780787968052

Found in: Entrepreneurship and Small Business

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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

by Patrick M. Lencioni

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2004

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787968056

ISBN - 13: 9780787968052

Table of Contents

Introduction.

The Fable.

Preview.

Part One: Flashback.

Part Two: Plot Point.

Part Three: Protagonist.

Part Four: Action.

Part Five: Resolution.

The Model.

The Paradox of Meetings.

Executive Summary.

Problem #1: Lack of Drama.

Problem #2: Lack of Contextual Structure.

The Biggest Challenge of All: "The Myth of Too Many Meetings".

A Final Thought on Meetings.

The Weekly Tactical Meeting Guide.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

From the Publisher

Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life.

In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever be known, would begin.  Casey had every reason to believe that his performance over the next two hours would determine the fate of his career, his financial future, and the company he had built from scratch.

"How could my life have unraveled so quickly?" he wondered.

In his latest page-turning work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings.  And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesn't know how to solve.  And he doesn't know where or who to turn to for advice.  His staff can't help him; they're as dumbfounded as he is by their tortuous meetings.

Then an unlikely advisor, Will Peterson, enters Casey's world.  When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.

As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world.  Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.

From the Jacket

PRAISE FOR PATRICK LENCIONI

"Finally, a real solution to an age-old problem. Meetings may never be the same."
-Kris Hagerman, executive vice president, strategic operations, VERITAS Software Corporation

"Death by Meeting is about much more than meetings; it''s about an entire management philosophy. I read a lot of books on management, and Lencioni''s are among the very best. They form the basis for our approach at Silicon Valley Bank."
-Ken Wilcox, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank

"Lencioni has done it again! Insightful. Practical. Ready-to-implement solutions. If you lead people, you can't afford to miss this book. It's an absolute must-read."
-Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association

"We''ve put Pat''s theories into practice and they work. Our meetings are more productive, our communication is clearer, and the team's commitment to decisions is much greater."
-Curt Nonomaque, president and CEO, VHA Inc.

"Meetings are such a critical element of effective organizational communication. Lencioni has provided a concise, entertaining, and inventive guide to improving meeting structure, participation, and results. Thumbs up for this insightful tale."
-Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of operations, Major League Baseball

About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and the author of several best-selling books. In addition to his work as an executive coach and consultant, Pat is a sought-after speaker. Prior to founding The Table Group, he worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development.
Pat lives with his wife, Laura, and their boys, Matthew, Connor, and Casey, in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him at The Table Group’s web site, www.tablegroup.com, or at patricklencioni@tablegroup.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Finally, a real solution to an age old problem. Meetings may never be the same."
-Kris Hagerman, executive vice president, Strategic Operations, VERITAS Software Corporation

"Death By Meeting is about much more than meetings; it''s about an entire management philosophy. I read a lot of books on management, and Lencioni''s are among the very best. They form the basis for our approach at Silicon Valley Bank."
-Ken Wilcox, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank

"Lencioni has done it again! Insightful. Practical. Ready-to-implement solutions. If you lead people, you can't afford to miss this book. It's an absolute must-read."
-Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association

"We''ve put Pat''s theories into practice and they work.  Our meetings are more productive, our communication is clearer, and the team's commitment to decisions is much greater."
-Curt Nonomaque, president and CEO, VHA Inc.

"Meetings are such a cr itical element of effective organizational communication.  Lencioni has provided a concise, entertaining, and inventive guide to improving meeting structure, participation, and results.  Thumbs up for this insightful tale."
-Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of operations, Major League Baseball

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