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Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
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Sep 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-2010

This is my second time reading this book. It is Lencioni's best book as it resonates the most with me. I spend an extensive amount of time in meetings and so need to keep them relevant and productive. Death by Meeting presents a leadership fable of a Company CEO whose company is floundering as a result of conducting poorly constructed meeting. This fable highlights two ingredients necessary to make meetings effective. They are conflicet and structure. Conflict also reffered to as human drama is essentially employees passionately discussing and debating issues. Often the very best decisions are made as a result of allowing employees to provide their thoughtful opinions. Structure is deciphering daily, tactical and strategic from each other and developing meetings around these elements. Lencioni lays out 4 meeting types in the book: 1) daily 5-minute meeting where a team discusses what they are doing that day, 2) weekly 1-2 hour meeting to discuss tactical metrics (weekly company performance), 3) a monthly strategic meeting to discuss only 1-2 strategic topics in depth, 4)a quarterly off-site meeting to discuss strategy commprehensively, to discuss personnel and a companys' competition and industry. This is quite useful advice in business.

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