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Death by meeting : a leadership fable-- about solving the most painful problem in business
Lencioni, Patrick, 1965-
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First edition.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

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ix, 260 pages ; 22 cm
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HF5734.5 .L46 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; And he doesn?t know where or who to turn to for advice.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.nbsp; 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.

Author Notes

PATRICK LENCIONI is founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high-tech start-ups to universities and nonprofits. He is the author of numerous nationally recognized books, including the New York Times best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team .

To learn more about Patrick Lencioni and his other products and services--including his newsletter and free resources--please visit

Table of Contents

The Fable
Part 1 Flashback
Part 2 Plot Point
Part 3 Protagonist
Part 4 Action
Part 5 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
About the Author