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Death by Meeting

A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
Narrated by: Jack Arthur
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

In his latest engrossing work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

Reknowned for turning fables into practical advice, Lencioni makes his groundbreaking model applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate frustration among their teams and create environments of engagement and passion.

©2004 Patrick Lencioni (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

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"Finally, a real solution to an age-old problem. Meetings may never be the same." (Kris Hagerman, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, VERITAS Software Corporation)

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  • Ken
  • Haddington, United Kingdom
  • 15-12-13

The Media of Meetings

What made the experience of listening to Death by Meeting the most enjoyable?

Well crafted story that had me thinking through each topic with the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death by Meeting?

The CNN Headline news meeting - I now use this one in all regular meetings.

Which character – as performed by Jack Arthur – was your favourite?

No favourite character - all good and the diversity of characters is spot on with respect to any company

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The idea of a CEO always worrying about what everyone thinks and getting tied in knots trying to keep everyone happy.

Any additional comments?

The Advantage takes some of the key parts of this and other books by the author however I like being able to read/listen to both.

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Very Thought Provoking

A thoroughly book, which made me think more deeply about how we run meetings in our organisation

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One meeting not enough

A great reminder that you cannot squeeze to much various content into 1 small meeting. It needs a structure and such one is suggested in the book. Great reading!

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  • Anthony
  • 24-12-16

Really good...but...

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Lencioni, and this is a great story/read. However, the vast...vast majority of leadership is not the executives on the C floor. They are the middle managers. I have yet to find a really good resource for this very overlooked area of leadership. All of Lencioni's works are aimed at the CEO and Executives. I do get great insight from his engaging style, but there are not a lot of examples, if any, for leading from the middle of an organization.

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  • Jim Hill
  • 18-12-04

Comprehensive and not too academic

This was an enjoyable listen. The "fable" was interesting. The facts were applicable. I will be able to make direct applications and use the principles to improve efficiency and communication...

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  • Peter
  • 15-05-05

Tried and tested

I listened to this story twice and found it exactly what I was looking for, as a recipe for creating compelling meetings with my staff of 16 managers. The model is simple to implement and creates immediate results, from interesting short weekly tactical meetings to monthly & quarterly strategic discussions with active debate. I also recommend reading Patrick's other title on the "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" as it melds very well with this one to build overall team strength with robust communications and a trust ethic that gets results.

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  • reggie p
  • 19-05-04

business lessons in stoy format

This was an interesting story illustrating the importance of business meetings and how to conduct them. I'm sure anyone who has ever attended a business meeting will find themselves somewhere in this story, especially at the beginning when they were doing it all wrong, and chuckle. There were many examples to reinforce the concepts of how to do it right.

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  • michael
  • 13-07-12

Good...but certainly not Lencioni's best

Overall as with all of Lencioni's fables the story is good. It isn't my favorite, but it is good and there is plenty to take away. The narrator was good for the first half of the book, but then the audio appeared to shift significantly at the beginning of a new section. It was enough of a shift that I thought it was a completely new narrator altogether. Additionally the narration is at times a bit too animated for my taste.

In summary, the story is good, but certainly should not be your first Lencioni book and the narration is adequate.

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  • Jeannine Buscher
  • 02-01-17

This was a very informative and entertaining book.

The book was great! I will definitely be using many of these ideas in my company. there is a great summary of the 4 meeting types at the end.

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  • Caylene J. Vincent
  • 10-08-11

Solving Meetings

The fact that Patrick first writes in a fable enables you to connect with some of the issues that you face in your own meetings, and then the processes and working through them with "real" people who do exist with the same challenges in your own organisation enables you to grasp the concepts that Patrick is sharing with you at a realistic level. The book is neither too long or too short!

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  • Paul
  • 26-08-04

Death by meetings

Very good concepts and approach. Story and examples to reinforce.

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  • Terry L. Delongchamp
  • 14-10-19

Horrible

Has NOTHING useful in terms of meetings. Just a drawn out story with zero info helpful towards meeting. Save your $.

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  • Garden Worm
  • 29-09-19

I cannot wait to implement

Incredible story told with valuable lessons weaved into every chapter for you to ponder on. The story is used to keep you captivated while you sit and think about what changes need to be made to your meetings. You would think by the title that it would tell you to hold less meetings, but in reality it is about how to make them more productive, effective, efficient, and something you look forward to and not dread.

Very well read and I have already started reviewing how to improve the meetings for my teams. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in charge or cam influence how meeting are held for any type of organization.