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The Five Temptations of a CEO

A Leadership Fable
Written by: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning business fiction debut, Patrick Lencioni delivers a powerful wake-up call to all of us who dare to lead.

Young, ambitious, and overwhelmed, Andrew O'Brien personifies a part of every leader as he wanders in search of the elusive silver bullet that will propel him to success. He happens upon an unlikely guide who distills the seemingly infinite list of leadership perils into the five temptations of a CEO. In an intense and often combative exchange, the two debate fundamental issues faced by all leaders, issues involving personal integrity and effectiveness in the ongoing struggle for success. While some of these topics have been bandied about in the leadership literature for years, here they actually begin to make sense.

Refreshingly original and utterly compelling, Andrew's story will serve as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors, behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master.

©1998 Patrick Lencioni (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

What the critics say

"Applicable to any rising manager." (Booklist)
"Patrick Lencioni serves up an intriguing fable and an interesting approach to business writing." (AudioFile)

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solid story.

thanks Patrick for once again distilling essential knowledge into a perfect parable. highly recommend this read.

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  • Mark K
  • 2015-03-23

Simple, clear, and lasting

What made the experience of listening to The Five Temptations of a CEO the most enjoyable?

this book is a lesson in the form of a story. It is a quick read, and contains countless "aha!" moments. I would highly recommend to anyone in managment or interested in forming a lasting business.

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  • jesper
  • 2015-02-18

Simple and to the point

Why waste days derivering a message when it can be done in hours!
This book is beautifully simple and well told

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  • Mamdouh
  • 2010-10-05

One of the lighter reads

Most of this book is narrated in a form of a story and a dialog between two people making it more entertaining and lighter listen while delivering some really good point.
Definitely Recommend

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  • ashley
  • 2016-05-09

what a great book.

I love this book very informative I love how the narrator went about telling the story great great great book it's a must -read

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  • Kerry
  • 2015-02-15

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Good book with some practical advice that can be implemented quickly and easily! It's a quick read done in a fable type style.

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  • Jamie
  • 2016-04-07

So helpful

This was incredibly helpful, I learned so much about myself and my husband. I saw so much of myself and my husband in the 5 temptations. Worth the read.

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  • Jeffrey Nelsen
  • 2015-07-01

Reminder needed

Have found Lencioni's fables and insights always helpful reminders as a leader myself. I have read this book before but wanted to read it again because I know I am always susceptible to these 5 temptations.

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  • David Harbour
  • 2015-05-29

Every leader should read this book.

Easy listen with a great story line.

An essential book for every leader to read.

Good narrator.

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  • Talya Straughter
  • 2020-08-31

Self examination

Patrick has done it again. Using the ability to tell a story and teach a lesson at the same time has been brilliantly designed through this story. I have examined myself through this story. I will definitely be making some adjustments! Great job!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-12

Great insight not just for CEO's but managers .

There's nothing better than to face your demonds head-on. I am facing a great project and this short book shed a lot of clarity on the path to follow.