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Lencioni Is at It Again
September 2, 2008, 5:55 PM
Filed under: Leadership

I don’t know about you, but there are days when it’s hard enough to find time to write a shopping list, let alone a book.

Ten years ago, author, consultant and keynote speaker Patrick Lencioni wrote The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable. But he didn’t stop there: In the following years he wrote The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (2000), The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002), Death by Meeting (2004), Silos, Politics and Turf Wars (2006), Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide (2005), and The Three Signs of a Miserable Job (2007). Lencioni’s business fable format for his books works in a 2:1 ratio, with the majority of the book being the palatable business fable, followed by practical, concise business applications.

According to Lencioni’s Web site, the prolific author’s books have sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 20 languages. By tackling important business topics such as teams, leadership, and organizational health, Lencioni has guaranteed himself a spot on just about any manager’s bookshelf.

Apparently that hasn’t been enough. Somehow, between delivering keynote speeches and holding the position of president of The Table Group, this busy husband and father of four has found some more time an energy to pen yet another book: The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family. The latest from this king of fable is due out from publisher Jossey-Bass by mid-September, and takes a look at another aspect of life: managing a family. Sure, your spouse and children may not be quite like your direct reports at work, but in order to keep a family happy and running smoothly, some important managerial tactics are key.

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