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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  6,426 Ratings  ·  372 Reviews
Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni's three previous business fables have sold nearly 350,000 copies. His latest takes on the most dreaded company activity...meetings—why we hate them, why we shouldn't, and how to make them great

The thought of meetings makes most business people miserable, but they're a critical and unavoidable part of what we do. Through fictional narrati
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Published March 12th 2004 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 27, 2011 Parcoast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pros for this title are easy to come up with: It was a quick read. The information is easily consumable. The resulting recommendation is fairly specific and easy to implement. The concept behind this strategy for your meetings seems solid.

Cons are that the information, while easy to test, does not seem to come from any sort of empirical source. Most of it sounds like Lencioni conjured it up from nothing. I'm OK with that, since that is how I have come up with some of my best work, but it is an e
Brian Cassada
It was a good book with great intentions. I think the allegory that the information was set upon was good and applicable. However, I found that it got in the way for me. I read for growth and information. I was looking for the information to come to light and had to wait until the end. Everything the book was about could have been summed up in 5 or 6 pages.
May 21, 2013 Thelma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Death by Meeting" was my first Lencioni book and I am definitely a fan. Having seen him first at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit when he was a last-minute fill-in for Howard Schultz of Starbucks, I was immediately impressed by his humor and insights. I wasn't surprised that he was invited back the following year and again this year for the 2013 lineup.

The book is an engaging tale on what spells the difference between meetings that are alive and dead. Do not expect a linear narrative;
Justin de la Cruz
This is fiction book that tells a whole story just so the author can hit you with some practical knowledge about a certain subject. The subject here is business meetings: Lencioni has some good tips on how to conduct meetings - different types of meetings for different purposes, let conflict come out, don't plan for tactical meetings - but I didn't need an entire story about an ex-golfer-turned-manager, filled with completely flat characters to get these tips. The appendices included (that come ...more
Piotr Uryga
This is one of the books that are giving perspective on most dreaded topic of corporate world: meetings.

Funny thing is it advertise to have more of them and even though it's counterintuitive it makes sense.
Simple division based on context and not mixing tactical day by day topics with strategy changes is something that makes all the sense.

On top of it, it's fable with real characters which for me is always refreshing and more enjoyable to read / listen.
Chase Dougherty
Nov 16, 2016 Chase Dougherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for certain people

Phenomenal writer who is great at capturing the internal thoughts people have in life. I felt like I was literally in the room for some of the moments. However, I almost wish I would have just read the last chapter and went on with life haha. Time is precious!
Marjorie Elwood
I'm not sure why business authors feel compelled to write book-long fables instead of concise articles about their ideas, but at least this one has some compelling thoughts about how to make meetings more useful, interesting, and profitable to the organization. You can skip to the end of the book, where Lencioni delineates his suggestions.
Mar 23, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was not into the fact that this was a fable.... However, as the story progressed, I found myself interested. It was a quick read with some good takeaways on different types of meetings, the goals of each, and the role that leaders should play in making the meetings worthwhile.
Feb 25, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
Great lessons for preparing meetings. The leadership fable is well-written and engaging and the meeting model, although not necessarily applicable to all business models and organizations certainly introduces some issues that can (and probably should) be addressed by any organization.
Vikram Chalana
Mar 05, 2016 Vikram Chalana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book about how to make meetings more interesting. Meetings are a super important part of the job for most business folks -- we all need to learn how to make these meetings better -- both as an attendee and as a meeting leader. Key to good meetings, in one word --- Drama!
Liz S
Mar 09, 2016 Liz S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painfully outdated and 200 pages too long. Felt like being in a bad meeting about meetings.
May 10, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Should be required for everyone at the management level.
Ernesto Salce
Jul 18, 2016 Ernesto Salce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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John Browning
Aug 29, 2016 John Browning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a true book. Read it and apply it. No other words necessary.
Xiang Luo
Dec 21, 2016 Xiang Luo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good suggestion on meeting

Covered fairly good ground on meetings and made interesting and provocative suggestions on how to structure meetings and keep them interesting. However, it does not provide enough coverage on how to facilitate the meeting and bring out the mines or conflict among participants.
May 07, 2017 Alejandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an easy read, with short chapters.
May 18, 2017 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's some good ideas here, but not worth an entire book.
May 13, 2017 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2017
Great read, love the fable, thought provoking on the 4 types if meetings
Mar 24, 2017 Amie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, fast, and to the point. Loved the story as a way of teaching. More meetings with specific goals! We use this exact style at work and I've seen its success!
Cameron Mcfee
Mar 20, 2017 Cameron Mcfee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who regularly attends or runs meetings as part of their job should read this book (looking at you, theatre crowd).
Shom Biswas
Jul 29, 2014 Shom Biswas rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Good. Not as good as the previous 'Five Dysfunctions...', and a little tedious at times - but the lessons are accurate and helpful. Was required to write a summary of this for office - am printing it below:

1. Some meetings are bad. Why?
a. Some meetings are bad because they lack proper context. They become a mélange of varying types of discussions with a wide-range of importance to the organization (with most being not-very-much).
2. Conflicts are a good thing.
a. This is true for ever
Mar 02, 2017 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific reminder to think creatively about every aspect of your organization.
Andrea Hill
Sep 27, 2016 Andrea Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dig these leadership fables by the author. Easy reads with clear direction to evoke change. I've already found myself trying to put some of it to practice at work.
Mar 05, 2008 Galaxiant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tigran Mamikonian
Jan 15, 2014 Tigran Mamikonian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting and relevant book for all managers who want to improve effectiveness of teamwork. If you were ever stressed by multy-party or face-to-face meeting and ever wondered if there are ways to make meetings more pleasant and productive, you should definitely look into this book.

Patrick Lencioni has presented this book in his classic style - first the model is illustrated in the form of fable and then the model described itself.

So the Model described in the book addresses both - compos
Idival Amaro
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Cathy Allen
Nine times out of 10, when someone says "we need our nonprofit board to be more 'business-like,'" what they are really saying is "we need these meetings to suck less." That's one reason why I enjoyed this book. The other reason is this: I love meetings. Working collaboratively with others is a big thrill for me, one of my strengths, something that gets me going in the morning. But good collaboration requires face time, sometimes in large-ish groups, and it can be difficult to convince others to ...more
Beth Peninger
Apr 27, 2016 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another leadership fable. It's the title that caught my attention - Death by Meeting. How many hallelujahs are being said upon reading that title? We all know how it feels to be stuck in a meeting in which we can feel our very life being sucked out of us. I read this in my CE of the workplace.
This was a really interesting and informative way of looking at the problem of meetings and how to solve them. I realized while reading this that the current ELT at my workplace has either read this book a
Mar 16, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book, like his previous ones, is cleverly structured in two large parts: The Fable and The Model. It's a quick read. The first part lays out a sort of novel, where the characters could pretty much be you and me, taking part in management meetings in our own companies, and tells the story of how implementing his methodology (brought about by a "consultant in disguise", impersonated by the CEO's personal assistant) helped put the company's steering team out of its meeting "misery", by turning ...more
Mary Kinietz
Very disappointing.
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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, consultant and founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations become healthy. Lencioni’s ideas around leadership, teamwork and employee engagement have impacted organizations around the globe. His books have sold nearly three million copies worldwide.

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“When a group of intelligent people come together to talk about issues that matter, it is both natural and productive for disagreement to occur. Resolving those issues is what makes a meeting productive, engaging, even fun.” 2 likes
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