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Death by Meeting focuses on 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 dumb-founded 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.

As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for his groundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the real world. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion.

Reviews & Press

Harvard Business Review, Books in Brief

What if meetings were as fun as watching movies. They could be, if managers were willing to take their cues from Lencioni's latest fable. He explains that effective meetings have two key cinematic elements: They focus relentlessly on a few clear decisions that matter, and they uncover and resolve genuine conflicts over those decisions. . .his engaging, fast-paced, dramatic story will drive home its lessons better than any textbook.

— John T. Landry

Editorial Reviews & Press Highlights

Southwest Airlines, Spirit Magazine

In Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni argues that one of the missing elements of good meetings is drama. But drama is clearly not missing from the fable he has created in this unusual but effective guide to solving the meetings crisis most companies face. The story involves the fictional CEO of an electronic game company and his struggle to hold on to the reins of the business after selling out to a larger company. His problem, like many other executives', is poorly run meetings that fail to inspire either his staff or the powers-that-be at the new company. It takes an innovative—and gutsy—film-student-cum-personal assistant to show the execs a way to add drama and structure to their meetings.

Okay, so your poorly run meetings may not be putting your job in danger, but just imagine the improved results and increased employee morale if you could turn the dreaded meeting into something your staff looked forward to. Following the fable, Lencioni presents an executive summary that argues not only for drama in the form of conflict and conflict resolution, but, surprisingly, more meetings. He presents a plan to hold five-minute daily updates, weekly tactical meetings and longer, less frequent strategic and off-site reviews to go over bigger issues facing companies. He argues that bad meetings lead to poor decision-making, which ultimately creates mediocrity in organizations. In addition, Lencioni says that bad meetings not only exact a toll on the attendees as they suffer through them, but also cause real human anguish in the form of anger, lethargy, and cynicism, and even in the form of lower self-esteem. And that's something those of us who've endured and continue to endure countless lengthy, often pointless meetings can definitely agree with.

Book Tools

Meeting's Model

Death by Meeting provides a cure for bad meetings.

Tactical Meeting Guide

The guide provides parameters for running a tactical meeting.

Meeting's Quiz

Take this quick quiz to determine the effectiveness of your meetings. Take the Meetings Quiz »

Tips for Effective Meetings

Pat offers readers five tips for having great meetings.

Death By Meeting Excerpt

Preview the story and model outlined in Death By Meeting.

Author Q & A

Author Pat Lencioni answers some common questions about his Death By Meeting book and model.

Reader's Guide

Discuss Death By Meeting with your team or reading group using these questions.



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