Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni's business fable takes on meetings - why we hate them, why we shouldn't, and how to make them great. The thought of meetings makes most business people miserable, but they're a critical and unavoidable part of what we do. Through fictional narrative, modelling, and practical suggestions, Lencioni shows how to turn meetings from painful and tedious to productive, compelling, and even energizing. The story follows a failing executive, never much of a team player, who finds his job on the line and his future dependent on his ability to dramatically improve his disastrous meetings. An irreverent grad student comes into the picture with fresh ideas and a new perspective to help the executive turn things around. It's a quick, engrossing book that explores the keys to holding meetings that improve the morale, effectiveness, and bottom line of an organizatio
Part One: Flashback
Part Two: Plot Point
Part Three: Protagonist
Part Four: Action
Part Five: Resolution
The Paradox of Meetings
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
For leaders, managers, facilitators, and anyone else who participates in meetings, in business, non-profit, government, religion, or other organizations.
Patrick Lencioni, is the president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that specializes in organizational and executive development. In addition to his writing and consulting, he is a sought-after speaker on topics related to leadership and management. He has been a columnist and contributor to a variety of newspapers and magazines.