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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni's three previous business fables have sold nearly 350,000 copies. His latest takes on the most dreaded company activity...meetings - why we hate them, why we shouldn't, and how to make them great

The thought of meetings makes most business people miserable, but they're a critical and unavoidable part of what we do. Through fictional narrative, modeling, and practical solutions, Lencioni shows how to turn meetings from painful and tedious to productive, compelling, and even energizing. 

The story follows an executive who finds his job on the line and his future dependent on his ability to dramatically improve his disastrous meetings. An irreverent graduate student comes into the picture with fresh ideas and a new perspective to help the executive turn things around. 

This engrossing and concise audiobook will help improve morale, effectiveness, and the bottom line at the office. 

©2004 Patrick Lencioni (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

What the critics say

  • Audie Award Winner, Business Information/Educational, 2005

"Finally, a real solution to an age-old problem. Meetings may never be the same. (Kris Hagerman, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, VERITAS Software Corporatio

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  • Anthony
  • 2016-12-24

Really good...but...

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Lencioni, and this is a great story/read. However, the vast...vast majority of leadership is not the executives on the C floor. They are the middle managers. I have yet to find a really good resource for this very overlooked area of leadership. All of Lencioni's works are aimed at the CEO and Executives. I do get great insight from his engaging style, but there are not a lot of examples, if any, for leading from the middle of an organization.

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  • Peter
  • 2005-05-15

Tried and tested

I listened to this story twice and found it exactly what I was looking for, as a recipe for creating compelling meetings with my staff of 16 managers. The model is simple to implement and creates immediate results, from interesting short weekly tactical meetings to monthly & quarterly strategic discussions with active debate. I also recommend reading Patrick's other title on the "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" as it melds very well with this one to build overall team strength with robust communications and a trust ethic that gets results.

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  • Jim Hill
  • 2004-12-18

Comprehensive and not too academic

This was an enjoyable listen. The "fable" was interesting. The facts were applicable. I will be able to make direct applications and use the principles to improve efficiency and communication...

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  • reggie p
  • 2004-05-19

business lessons in stoy format

This was an interesting story illustrating the importance of business meetings and how to conduct them. I'm sure anyone who has ever attended a business meeting will find themselves somewhere in this story, especially at the beginning when they were doing it all wrong, and chuckle. There were many examples to reinforce the concepts of how to do it right.

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  • michael
  • 2012-07-13

Good...but certainly not Lencioni's best

Overall as with all of Lencioni's fables the story is good. It isn't my favorite, but it is good and there is plenty to take away. The narrator was good for the first half of the book, but then the audio appeared to shift significantly at the beginning of a new section. It was enough of a shift that I thought it was a completely new narrator altogether. Additionally the narration is at times a bit too animated for my taste.

In summary, the story is good, but certainly should not be your first Lencioni book and the narration is adequate.

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  • Caylene J. Vincent
  • 2011-08-10

Solving Meetings

The fact that Patrick first writes in a fable enables you to connect with some of the issues that you face in your own meetings, and then the processes and working through them with "real" people who do exist with the same challenges in your own organisation enables you to grasp the concepts that Patrick is sharing with you at a realistic level. The book is neither too long or too short!

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  • Rachel Kromer
  • 2020-02-10

Should’ve been a blogpost

After 4 hours of listening, this could’ve been a blogpost on the 2 commonly-missing essential elements of meetings and the 4 types of meetings to solve them.

Also, the narrator makes the young character sound like Keanu Reeves. It’s impossible to un-hear.

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  • Jeannine Buscher
  • 2017-01-02

This was a very informative and entertaining book.

The book was great! I will definitely be using many of these ideas in my company. there is a great summary of the 4 meeting types at the end.

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  • Paul
  • 2004-08-26

Death by meetings

Very good concepts and approach. Story and examples to reinforce.

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  • ROXY_GIRL
  • 2022-02-21

Very helpful

Great book! allot of helpful tips and made alot of sense. It discussed similar issues we have in out meetings and I plan on utilizing the same methods discussed. :)