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Book Review: The 5 Tempatations of a CEO

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Just finished up the easy read 5 Tempatations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni. It is a really insightful business fable helping high-level leadership make the correct decisions and find success.

The first temptation is to protect your career over everything else. A great reminder of the humility needed in a great leader. The second, which I think I struggle with the most, is the desire to be popular. Wanting to be well-liked is a fatal addiction of mine - the best line in the book says "work for the long-term respect of your direct reports, not for their affection." Wow.

The other temptations also made a lot of sense to me - make clear decisions and don't be afraid of owning failure, allow for some dischord and passion on the team for the greater good, and to trust people with your reputation. Love it - a solid read for anyone assuming a leadership role or who wants to better focus on the challenge of leadership. A-


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 12:47 PM |

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At 12/03/2007, Blogger Tony Steward said...

That is such a great book = Lencioni is one of my favorite authors up there with Seth Godin

At 12/03/2007, Blogger P-Rob said...

all of lencioni's books are great. i bought his newest, "the three signs of a miserable job," and got a few pages into it but haven't time to finish it up. his ideas are always focused at a business audience but still lots of app for ministry settings.


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