Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Bringing Your Work (Principles) Home
October 1, 2008, 11:04 AM
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John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate has brought with it a resurgence of attention on the balancing issues of raising a family when both parents work, and along with it questions as to the role of the mother and father in the home.

In a previous post I discussed the prolific writing of Patrick Lencioni and his foray into family issue. In this latest book, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, Lencioni applies his consulting principles to the home, and provides solutions to some of the issues being raised on the campaign trail.

Through the use of three questions, he gets parents to step back and think about what their family and home are really about. Consider these questions for yourself:

  1. What makes your family unique? What are the two or three principles that you value which distinguish you as a family. These principles become the guide by which every opportunity and decision is weighed.
  2. What is your family’s top priority – rallying cry – right now? Where should you focus your attention for the next several months to a year in order to make your principles a reality?
  3. How do you talk about and use the answers to these questions? In other words, how do you keep your principles front-and-center in the home and in your lives 24 hours a day?

Lencioni believes that with a simple Scoreboard and an hour of a family’s time, they can put these questions to work for them, and then keep them working in their home with a small amount of time each week for conversation and evaluation of their progress. The question we’re left with is: Can we afford not to make the attempt for what Lencioni calls “the most important organization in our lives?”

If you would like to hear more on this subject, Patrick Lencioni will be Soundview’s guest at an audio conference on October 29th at 1:00p.m.  



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