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The Motive

Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities
Written by: Patrick M. Lencioni
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Shay was still angry but shrugged nonchalantly as if to say, it's not that big of a deal. 

"So, what am I wrong about?" 

"You're not going to want to hear this, but I have to tell you anyway." Liam paused before finishing. "You might be working hard, but you're not doing it for the company." 

"What the hell does that mean?" Shay wanted to know. Knowing that his adversary might punch him for what he was about to say, Liam responded. "You're doing it for yourself." 

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni has written a dozen books that focus on how leaders can build teams and lead organizations. In The Motive, he shifts his attention toward helping them understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. 

In what may be his edgiest pause-resister to date, Lencioni thrusts his listeners into a day-long conversation between rival CEOs. Shay Davis is the CEO of Golden Gate Alarm, who, after just a year in his role, is beginning to worry about his job and is desperate to figure out how to turn things around. With nowhere else to turn, Shay receives some hard-to-swallow advice from the most unlikely and unwanted source - Liam Alcott, CEO of a more successful security company and his most hated opponent. 

Lencioni uses unexpected plot twists and crisp dialogue to take us on a journey that culminates in a resolution that is as unexpected as it is enlightening. As he does in his other books, he then provides a straightforward summary of the lessons from the fable, combining a clear explanation of his theory with practical advice to help executives examine their true motivation for leading. In addition to provoking listeners to honestly assess themselves, Lencioni presents action steps for changing their approach in five key areas. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.

©2020 Patrick M. Lencioni (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Very short but still too long

The idea could've been summarized just fine in 10 minutes of audio. The only valid form of leadership is servant leadership. Leadership is hard and should not be taken on as a reward for climbing the proverbial ladder. Some signs that you're not being a good leader is that you neglect keeping high standards for interpersonal behavior, you focus mainly on what you enjoy and are good at, and you choose not to remind employees frequently of the mission and the standards. The book expands on those ideas a little, but not much. Really, just ask yourself, why do you want to be CEO (or manager, or coach, etc)?

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Challenges your motives. Worth the read.

A short read but packs an emotional punch. If you don't think you need it, you probably do.

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Another win for Mr Lencioni

The collection of Mr Lencioni"s amazing library keeps growing. Another great book by this author and leader!. A must have for your library!

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Another Gem

A true gut check for any leader. Thank you Patrick for the clarity! The only minor grievance I have with the book is that you did not narrate it yourself.

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  • Kim
  • 2020-02-27

Great book and just what my leadership needs.

I am working for a company where this is needed. Not only for management but also my department leadership team. The fable is good but the description & advice about reward & responsibility based leadership should be reviewed with any supervisor, manager, executive member & CEO. Do you really want & be happy as a Responsibilty-centered leader?

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  • Heather Bird
  • 2020-02-28

Patrick Lencioni does it again!

This is another most read for anyone in leadership. Listen, take notes, and make a change!

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  • Alex J. Richardson
  • 2020-02-26

Love these leadership fables. Always great!

This is a quick and easy read, with most completing it in just under 3 hours. I am impressed at how powerful the concept proposed is and how impactful the small book can be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-27

Great stories drive home the lessons

Very profound and searching. Perhaps more important to internalize than any "how to" book on leadership.

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  • Robert Wurzel
  • 2020-02-26

Yes yes yes!!

This book is an amazing depiction of how leaders tend to abdicate their roles for things that they think are fun but less important. A must read for anyone in leadership or those who are under a leader.

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  • Charlie :)
  • 2020-08-18

Good starter book

The Motive is a good starting point for those who have not really spent much time in this genre. Good reminder of things leaders should know or be reminded of from time to time. Well worth a credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-17

Excellent Read!

I love his use of a narrative in the beginning to drive home his lessons of leadership in the latter chapters. Quick and easy read while tremendously informative.

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  • Jan Davis
  • 2020-08-15

The must read for any leader who wants to grow themselves and their companies.

I have read all of Patrick Lencioni’s book and this one is by far the best and should be the first read. If you are willing to grow as this book recommends, then follow up with all his other books for the template to grow not only yourself but most importantly your team and their teams.

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  • John Bryant
  • 2020-08-08

Excellent read

Transformative book, encouraging revival. Recognizing what is lost too often in business. Something to strive for.

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  • scogre
  • 2020-08-03

Short but powerful

I have read all of Patrick’s books. I’m a big fan. This one was short, but has a poignant message. Highly recommend.

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  • Magda
  • 2020-08-02

What a book about leadership!

"Servant leadership: Is there any other way to lead?" This is a question asked by the author that has made this book one of my favorite reads about leadership. I had many aha! moments. I highly recommend it. Great narrator!