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The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9532-4
240 pages
September 2008, Jossey-Bass
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In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives—the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

THE FABLE.

Part One; The Problem.

Part Two: Business School.

Part Three: Trial and Error.

THE MODEL.

The Frantic Family.

Context.

Fast, fast, Fast.

The Three Big Questions.

Question #1: What makes Your Family Unique?

Question #2: What is Your Family's Top Priority-Rallying Cry-Right Now?

Question #3: How do You Talk About and Use the Answers to These Questions?

Family Examples.

Author's Note.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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Author Information

Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling business author of seven books including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Three Signs of a Miserable Job. He is also a husband and the father of four boys. As president and founder of The Table Group, Pat has consulted to CEOs and leadership teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to churches and non-profits. In addition to his books, Pat has written or been featured in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Leader to Leader, and USA Today.

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Memo to mom: "if my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they'd be out of business." So says the management-consultant dad in this slim but thought-provoking volume. BlackBerrys are blurring the line between work and home. Why not apply business principles to "the most important organization in your life"? It's hard to argue with the idea that family goals should be carefully articulated. Likewise, a weekly family meeting can only help team spirit. But please, let's draw the line at pink slips.
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