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The Three Big Questions for the Frantic Family

A Leadership Fable
Written by: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: uncredited
Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives - the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results.
©2008 Patrick Lencioni (P)2008 Random House Audio

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Practical, focused, insightful

Great examples provided to help live an intentional family life. Often times we succeed in our careers, but few books have provided insights and skills for lateral transfer of that success into family life. Very good book.

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  • James
  • 2015-11-20

Extremely practical, highly useful

I have read a number of Patrick Lencioni's books. This one, too, does not disappoint. I read a lot of business writing and Lencioni again does well to help us grasp new habits that could be complex if we were left to decipher them ourselves.

This book takes us through a family's trek to discern their own family values (using the 3 q's), and as a product of that, they are able to develop their own priority statements, which they use to develop short term goals while maintaining crucial priorities.

I initially picked up this title because it promised to answer the questions my wife and I have debated for so long. My wife has come out of it even more enthusiastic than I!

This was time well spent. My wife and I are already using it to define our own value and family priority statements.

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  • J. Hook
  • 2015-02-16

Spot on!

My wife and I listened to this on a recent trip back from KC to Dallas. She said the life of the wife was spot on. She ordered the book from Amazon and we're going to give this approach of family planning a try to put some agreed priorities in our lives.

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  • Mulrich
  • 2018-04-12

Great bridge from organizational thinking to family life

The author did a good job of taking some basic business principles and integrating them into a family's day to day living. It is surprising how easily this transfers but how compartmentalized we can be. Bridging these theories , I believe, can bear a lot of fruit in one's home life. Excited to give it a shot!

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  • Mohamed
  • 2012-11-08

Very good reading for families like us

The examples in the book are extremely authentic. It was like narrating every day activities for my family. Sound practical solutions and, in many ways, fresh look at how to inject more success in family life. The narrator is a weak point.

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  • Cledia Hernandez
  • 2019-01-03

Articulates how I feel daily.

Every example used is completely relatable. I can definitely take the model and apply it to my family and quickly see progress. It's about CONTEXT not PERFECTION!

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  • Benjamin W Wyatt
  • 2018-12-30

30 minutes of content padded with fours hours of fluff.

The overall message is great. I would STRONGLY suggest listing to the interview the author did at the Art of Manliness podcast. So much of this is just pointless filler designed to turn this into a book.

Let me clear, it is worth slogging through the nonsense in order to get the author’s points. However, the VAST majority of this book is completely unnecessary and comes off as filler just so it can be made long enough to call it a book.

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  • Erich & Lahni
  • 2018-09-01

Food for Thought

This book was very thought provoking. It caused me to evaluate the way we run our home and our lives. If anything, it causes reflection, which is never a bad thing.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-06-07

Very informative and easy to follow. 2nd time.

I've bought this book and have listened twice already. Third time I'm going to sit down in front of my computer and take notes.

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  • Janelle H.
  • 2017-06-05

loved it!

what a great book. I listened to it which made it somewhat hard to remember the principles, but I would just go back and listen to a few chapters to write down the key concepts and the 3 big questions. my husband and I have done the exercises and have already implemented them into our lives. I also decided to ask myself the 3 questions for personal growth as well.

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  • Chris
  • 2017-04-05

Bring home some good business principles

The story makes the key points easy to digest. The process driven part of me appreciated the breakdown and application guide at the end. great read for husband and wife teams.