Author(s): Patrick Lencioni
Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life. In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever be known, would begin. Casey had every reason to believe that his performance over the next two hours would determine the fate of his career, his financial future, and the company he had built from scratch. "How could my life have unraveled so quickly?" he wondered. In his latest page-turning work of business fiction, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary. Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesn't know how to solve. And he doesn't know where or who to turn to for advice. His staff can't help him; they're as dumbfounded as he is by their tortuous meetings. Then an unlikely advisor, Will Peterson, enters Casey's world. When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.
"...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)
Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and the author of several best-selling books. In addition to his work as an executive coach and consultant, Pat is a sought-after speaker. Prior to founding The Table Group, he worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development. Pat lives with his wife, Laura, and their boys, Matthew, Connor, and Casey, in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him at The Table Group's web site, www.tablegroup.com, or at email@example.com.
Introduction.The Fable.Preview.Part One: Flashback.Part Two: Plot Point.Part Three: Protagonist.Part Four: Action.Part Five: Resolution.The Model.The Paradox of Meetings.Executive Summary.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.Acknowledgments.About the Author.