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The Five Temptations of a Ceo: A Leadership Fable [Unknown Binding]

Patrick Lencioni
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19 Dec 2000
A commemorative edition of the landmark book from Patrick LencioniWhen it was published ten years ago, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that came before. Highly sought–after management consultant Patrick Lencioni deftly told the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing, but doesn′t know why. Refreshingly original and utterly compelling, this razor–sharp novelette plus self–assessment (written to be read in one sitting) serves as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master. Any executive can learn how to recognize the mistakes that leaders can make and how to avoid them.The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO, are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates ten years of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership that have occurred in the past ten years.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub (19 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787953180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787953188
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling business author. In addition to his writing, he is president and founder of The Table Group, a firm that develops new ideas for making organizations more effective. Patrick is also a leading keynote speaker and a sought-after consultant to CEOs and teams at various organizations including large, multinational companies, start-ups, and non-profits.

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"A must read for all leaders, not just CEOs. Take it from someone whohas been tempted. Better than a personal coach." (Boyd Clark, president and CEO, The Tom Peters Group)

"Pat Lencioni delivers a provocative message: CEOs mainly havethemselves to blame when things go wrong. If you′re a CEO (or any manager for that matter), do you have the courage to face the blame? Doing so could change your future–for the better." (Dr. Jerry Porras, co–author, Built To Last; professor, Stanford School of Business)

"A truly enjoyable story. I found myself immediately trying to decidewhether I had fallen victim to the temptations. I think most executiveswill be able to recognize parts of themselves in this well–written,enlightened book!" (Ellyn McColgan, president, Fidelity Investments Tax Exempt Services Co.)

"This book provides extraordinary insight into the pitfalls that leadersface when they lose sight of the true measure of success–results. Thismodel is required reading for my staff." (Dr. Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Novell Corporation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Five Temptations of a CEO When it was published ten years ago, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that came before. Highly sought–after management consultant Patrick Lencioni deftly told the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing but doesn′t know why. Written to be read in one sitting, this refreshingly original and utterly compelling, razor–sharp novelette serves as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors—behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master. Any executive can learn how to recognize the mistakes that leaders make. The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates ten years of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership that have occurred in the past ten years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the "How to" books 9 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was sent directly to me from the Table Group. They had seen my other reviews and wanted my opinion on Lencioni's book.
As CEO of a company I can say that this book was better than most. Any CEO position comes with different responsibilites and this book isn't trying to give the reader a check list of items they should meet in order to be successful. Instead, this book gives the reader five different holes CEO often fall into. This is something that other books fail to address, it's also probably the main area most CEOs fail at.
The book was a little too easy and a little too short, but I enjoyed how the temptations were laid out and the fable story line worked for me. However, I would have liked to have seen more information on how to correct these temptations once a CEO knows that he/she has problems.
A little too short and little too easy, but better than most of the books out there. This is a book any CEO or any want-to-be CEO should read.
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I was thrilled to pick up this management book that not only had excellent principles, but an intriguing and enthralling storyline that kept me interested all the way to the finish. Five Temptations of a CEO proves an easy read-but certainly not lessons easily tossed aside. These are principles I'll keep with me-regardless of what job or leadership position I may occupy.
The story begins with a struggling CEO, Andrew O'Brien, on the eve of a big, year-end board meeting. Strange occurrences lead Andrew to take the metro system home that evening-and it's on the train where he encounters Charlie, a custodial engineer with a wealth of advice.
Andrew learns from Charlie five temptations that every manager, CEO, teacher, parent or coach might face along their way to success. These are basic temptations that seem very simple-and really are simple. Charlie teaches him that its not in looking for solutions in technology, budget, financials and other usual suspects common to a CEO, but in the common, everyday wisdom that every leader must have.
And for those readers who don't appreciate a good story-or who are just used to the textbook style management books-the five temptations are listed in a summary and self-assessment section in the back. But I won't spoil the ending...
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Format:Paperback
Every so often I will read a text book and it will highlight a failing or an observation in by business life that changes the way I operate... this is one of the rare times that I have enjoyed reading a 'story' and seen myself in the plot!
I’ve gone on to re-read this book a number of times to refresh myself.
I would recommend this book to any manager who feels that they are still learning from there mistakes (that’s everyone), as I would imagine that many managers would also see themselves (if they are open minded enough and honest) in one of the 5 temptations that Lencioni suggests straight away.
There were one or two temptations that were definite areas for me to explore in the way I handled people and situations, you may also see other's 'temptations' in the book that you recognise.
Because of the story like nature it's not a chore to read - no stuffy management text book - so a great accompaniment for a train or plane journey and I'm sure that it will help identify practical issues in your management.
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I'm a consultant psychologist who specialises in developing leaders and leadership teams. In my work, I combine the lessons from "The Five Temptations of a CEO" with those in "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" - which is also a quick, easy and worthwhile read. It's basically the same model, told from different perspectives, and I present the temptations as the things a leader (or even team member) can be understandably tempted to do that are likely to stir up the dysfunctions in their team.

Without the Five Dysfunctions, you may be left with something far less useful as a tool for your own leadership. Turned on their head, the 5 Dysfunctions become the 5 Fundamentals for a high performing team. These make intuitive sense and they're fairly well-supported in the pre-existing literature - one example being "The Wisdom of Teams", which I believe pre-dates Lencioni's book and presents very similar concepts - albeit in a drier, more manual-like way.

Speaking of style, Lencioni has a tendency to bring his own religious views into his writing, which can leave some readers feeling overly preached to - this is compounded by the style in general, which is likely to appeal most to an American audience. That said, I kinda like it as an alternative to some of the really dull (but often informative) leadership books out there.

As a psychologist, I do have one professional reservation when using Lencioni's work - which I do often. The psychological evidence on team and leadership performance is more complex than Lencioni's underlying model suggests. For instance, Lencioni focuses on "vulnerability based trust" which appeals to many team building facilitators or "touchy feely" types, but is an overly simplistic perspective on trust.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Both knowledgable and entertaining, well worth reading.
Published 1 month ago by LilianK
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly effective learning for CEOs
This book conveys a complex message in a simple and highly effective manner. You get the message and you immediately understand where your strong and weak spots are so that you can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charlotte Møller-Andersen
3.0 out of 5 stars short with some good points.
This is a short book which makes you think and reflect on your business behaviour, but it has no significant revelations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by meryon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story along the lines of the line of the excellent team...
Overall this book is ok. The basic premise behind it is simple and effective - personally I like the narrative approach to explaining these sorts of concepts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by timk
5.0 out of 5 stars What sage advice
I read this book having seen it recommended somewhere.

I heartily recommend it for anyone who is a CEO, has just become one or is about to become one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kent man
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but very short
The book covers some pertinent items but is very short. The five dysfunctions of a team is much better. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dennis R Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Just makes so much sense. When mapped against the five dysfunctions they offer a framework for success. Now it's time to put it to work.
Published 19 months ago by David Triggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
Another fable from Patrick Lencioni so if you like management 'how to' books, this isn't for you. However, if you like a model displayed in the format of a practical example, it's... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Happyuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Every business director should have a copy
A fantastic book to inspire the best leader in you. A real eye-opener that makes you think about how you see others and how they see you. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by J. Shillito
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Behaviors of Effective CEOs
This is one in a series of "leadership fables" in which Patrick Lencioni shares his thoughts about the contemporary business world. Read more
Published on 13 July 2007 by Robert Morris
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