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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable / Edition 1

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable / Edition 1

by Patrick M. Lencioni
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787954031
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: J-B Lencioni Series , #12
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 34,322
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PATRICK LENCIONI, author of The Five Temptations of a CEO, is also 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, Pat is a sought-after speaker on topics related to leadership and management. He lives with his wife Laura, and their twin boys, Matthew and Connor, in the Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive ix

Introduction xi



The Rival 3

Reconnaissance 5


Two CEOs 11

Desperate Epiphany 14

Practice 17

The Gatekeeper 20

Asleep at the Gate 22

Misorientation 28

Hesitation 31

Confrontation 34

The Virus 38

Mending Fences 40

Off-Sites 43

Meadowood 46

The Day of Reckoning 56

360° Feedback 63

Unraveling 71

Cold Water 74

Moment of Truth 76


Reacquaintance 85

Contact 88

Discipline One 93

Discipline Two 100

Discipline Three 107

Discipline Four 113

The Realization 127


The Decision 131

White Flag 133

Afterword 135


Putting the Disciplines into Practice:

A Summary and Self-Assessment 139

Acknowledgments 181

About the Author 183

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have applied this to our office and have begun to see the changes. I have read all but one book by Lencioni and love the story lines. I would recommend this to any size office.
andrew67 More than 1 year ago
The "Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive" is a fast read and will provided valuable insight to anyone looking to make a change in their own personal life and leadership style. The conflict that exists among the characters exists in all organizations today. Patrick Lenicioni does a great job of teaching the reader how to lead and move an organization forward. A must read for any leader or executive.
mattmoog More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read and should be read over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Lencioni's second leadership fable. Weaving a story around a set of principles can be an effective teaching technique, and Lencioni is skillful in the art of moral-based storytelling. The first 136 pages of the book are consumed in telling the story of a CEO who discovered an effective way to lead his organization. The basis of the approach is a set of four disciplines, which are not revealed to the reader until the problem scenario has been established. This sequencing is valuable, since it forces the reader to come to grips with the real-life experiences of the characters of the story. The plot is intriguing. The engaging tale holds the reader's attention strongly enough that there is minimal temptation to read ahead to see if the butler did it. The lure of the story holds your attention. The realistic scenes and dialog give an 'edge' to the story; you forget you're reading a business book. It's not difficult at all to relate to each of the characters, even to the extent, perhaps, of identifying some of the characters with colleagues at work in your own organization. But there are surprises, so don't think you can second-guess this book. The story told, the author changes hats on page 137 to slide into the role of consultant and teacher. He explains the four disciplines through a narrative style that I'd liken to a friend sitting across the table from you. But then the questions start. Lots of questions . . . and answers. This effective consulting style comes naturally: Lencioni is president of a consulting firm in the San Francisco area. I recommend this book for CEOs, company owners, and consultants who serve them. You'll learn some interesting principles and how to convey them, but you'll also learn from the experience of reading the fable. Those who want to improve their communication of leadership concepts will benefit from the way Lencioni wove his story. Short book, big lessons. No, I didn't tell you the what the four disciplines are. I don't want to spoil it for you. Give into the temptation: read this book.
mikerhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author uses a parable or a fictional story to illustrate four key principles that separate extraordinary executives from the rest of the pack. I thought the story was very interesting and the characters were real and well developed. The story demonstrates the issues caused by failing to practice the obsessions and helps you remember them too.The obsessions are classic, but not ordinary or ones that I have found in other leadership books. When listening to this audiobook, the issues covered were very much on my mind as my employer experienced some of the same problems as the characters in the story experienced. I've listened to this book about 3 times now and really enjoy it.
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