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The business meeting—a necessary evil or a vital and invigorating component of running an organization? According to management consultant Lencioni (The Five Temptations of a CEO), meetings should fit the latter description, but more often than not, he says, they don't. In this lackluster audio fable, Lencioni offers practical advice on how to revitalize your business by energizing your business meetings, but his pallid, passive prose would challenge the most skilled narrator, and Arthur is no exception. The voice Arthur lends Will, the young hero of this tale, resembles that of Sesame Street's Ernie on downers, and the various inflections he gives business owner Casey McDaniel and his management team don't make up for the characters' lack of character. Nevertheless, Lencioni's message comes across loud and clear—meetings should be interactive, not passive, and they should be structured (i.e., issues of immediate importance should be discussed in "weekly tactical" meetings, and issues that will fundamentally affect the business should be addressed in "monthly strategic" meetings). Although managers will find this advice worthwhile, they would gather just as much if they skipped the sluggish fable and listened to the last few tracks.
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“…a work of fiction with important messages for management” (Leadership & Organisational Development Journal)
“The author is something of a master of the modern fable….” (Professional Manager, Vol.13, No.6, November 2004)
“…pitches his theory neatly at busy readers by opening with an executive summary.” (Supply Management, 8 July 2004)
"Highly recommended: you could even take it to your next meeting." (On Target, September 2007)See all Editorial Reviews
great way to learn the difference in how the brain works in meetingsPublished 8 days ago by David D Watson
This book takes the simplest approach to teaching. Telling a story to engage your mind and teach you at the same time. I am definitely recommending this book to everyone at work.Published 14 days ago by Dawn C
Whether you conduct meetings or attend them this easy to read book gives you all the tools needed to have a successful business due to your meetings.Published 17 days ago by Terry P
I love this book, I have read it (OK listen to it) several times. I have recommended it to my colleagues and others. I've also recommended other of Lencioni's books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lawyer as Marketer
Excellent book from a group of very good books. Mostly common sense but told in a very engaging way.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I finally decided to read this book and I'm glad I did. The "case history" format made it interesting to read and created a story as the context for the principles to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edwin S. Cox