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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Lencioni Narrator: Charles Stransky Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The J-B Lencioni Series Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780739304723
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In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization--an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career, and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story's telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 2/20/2014

    " Don't judge me. I had to read this, but for a book with this embarrassing a title, it was painless and dare I say, there was a valid point or two buried in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 2/16/2014

    " Very good book at the executive level "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/16/2014

    " The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni (2000) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/14/2014

    " As always Patrick Lencioni's books are amazing and powerful. Learning about good leadership traits in prose format really forces the issues to become emotionally charged instead of feeling like some textbook jargon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adi | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book with valuable insights for leadership, importance of values, cohesive teams, and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami Poimala | 2/11/2014

    " Most of Lencioni's books are very easy to read - they are made up from a easy to follow story and at the end there's a sum-up, often pointing the obvious facts that you didn't get yourself while reading the story... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 1/22/2014

    " I had to read this for a MBA class and found it to be your typical leadership book which is out there with the corny "story" to learn from. I think you can get better ideas in reading a book which lays it out and uses everyday real life examples. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 1/18/2014

    " Had to read this book for a business meeting. Simple concepts, but wasn't interesting enough for me to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Evans | 1/16/2014

    " Not as profound as "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team", but still a very insightful read for anyone who is a senior manager or aspires to be one. Lencioni has a great talent for brevity and boiling down complex problems to their core essence. I'm buying a copy of this for my CEO. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/4/2014

    " great book told as a leadership parable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Williams | 12/4/2013

    " An easy book to read on a plane ride. Gives great advice for anyone running a business or even anyone leading in a church setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Milioni | 11/22/2013

    " A great message for anyone who finds them in any type of executive or leadership position. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 10/14/2013

    " This book is pretty lame. It has some good general advice around the 4 obsessions, however, the lack of specificity, details, and recommendations about dealing with the dysfunctions of real organizations earns the book 2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 4/19/2013

    " Loved it! Must now read Advantage that takes the concepts a little further. Great way to present the idea of organizational health and who we should focus on it as leaders. Must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Caves | 3/20/2013

    " Enjoyed the teaching points on communication of strategy and corporate values. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fritz Desir | 3/11/2013

    " Everyone who is, has or will be in a position of leading others or managing an organization would do well to read this book. Written in corporate fable style and very poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Turner | 1/14/2013

    " Focus on what really matters and set a few goals that capture this and then write them down. The main character wrote his goals out for his business on a yellow lined paper and when he didnt follow his truths that is when he had issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/21/2012

    " Great book. Easy read and easily applied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2012

    " Read this again tonight. Great reminder that we have several jobs we cannot delegate including cultivating the health of the senior team and serving as the gate keepers when it comes to new hires. Easy to get sloppy on these. Lencioni reminds me that discipline/ongoing vigilance is what is required. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/29/2011

    " This book will really help you think of your team in a new way. Organizational Clarity is huge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 3/23/2011

    " Some useful management advice -- and very short. Read it in an hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/18/2011

    " Enjoyed the teaching points on communication of strategy and corporate values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tripleguess | 1/16/2011

    " Gentle, simple, and straightforward. So easy to read despite the profound principles outlined here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fritz | 9/13/2010

    " Everyone who is, has or will be in a position of leading others or managing an organization would do well to read this book. Written in corporate fable style and very poignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 9/11/2010

    " This book is pretty lame. It has some good general advice around the 4 obsessions, however, the lack of specificity, details, and recommendations about dealing with the dysfunctions of real organizations earns the book 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 10/19/2009

    " Most of Lencioni's books are very easy to read - they are made up from a easy to follow story and at the end there's a sum-up, often pointing the obvious facts that you didn't get yourself while reading the story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/29/2009

    " The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni (2000) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/14/2009

    " This book will really help you think of your team in a new way. Organizational Clarity is huge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conrad | 1/8/2009

    " Patrick is good at keeping things interesting and simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/16/2008

    " Great book. Easy read and easily applied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 3/20/2008

    " As always Patrick Lencioni's books are amazing and powerful. Learning about good leadership traits in prose format really forces the issues to become emotionally charged instead of feeling like some textbook jargon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/19/2007

    " An easy book to read on a plane ride. Gives great advice for anyone running a business or even anyone leading in a church setting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 9/23/2007

    " Don't judge me. I had to read this, but for a book with this embarrassing a title, it was painless and dare I say, there was a valid point or two buried in there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/31/2007

    " great book told as a leadership parable "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of the Table Group, an organizational health firm. Author of ten successful business books, his principles have been embraced by leaders around the world and his work published in numerous business and news sources. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.