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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

Patrick M. Lencioni

ISBN: 978-0-787-95403-1

Aug 2000, Jossey-Bass

208 pages

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In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that's every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni's focus is on a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization--an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career, and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story's telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.

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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive ix

Introduction xi



The Rival 3

Reconnaissance 5


Two CEOs 11

Desperate Epiphany 14

Practice 17

The Gatekeeper 20

Asleep at the Gate 22

Misorientation 28

Hesitation 31

Confrontation 34

The Virus 38

Mending Fences 40

Off-Sites 43

Meadowood 46

The Day of Reckoning 56

360° Feedback 63

Unraveling 71

Cold Water 74

Moment of Truth 76


Reacquaintance 85

Contact 88

Discipline One 93

Discipline Two 100

Discipline Three 107

Discipline Four 113

The Realization 127


The Decision 131

White Flag 133

Afterword 135


Putting the Disciplines into Practice:

A Summary and Self-Assessment 139

Acknowledgments 181

About the Author 183

"Another homerun by Lencioni! This will be the first book we give to the thousands of executives who take part in our program." (Verne Harnish, founder, Young Entrepreneurs' Organization; CEO, Gazelles, Inc.)

"This is a wonderful book--a compelling story with a significant message for executives. The lessons here are substantial, and the style of writing is succinct, thorough, and very entertaining." (David S. Pottruck, president & co-CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation)

"Since implementing these ideas within our company, I've seen morale and productivity increase dramatically. Lencioni encourages us as managers to deal with human issues that are not quickly quantifiable in a spreadsheet or a quarterly report." (Glenn Kiser, vice president and general manager, Skywalker Sound, Lucas Digital LTD.LLC)

"Another great page-turner from Lencioni! As fun to read as it is insightful." (John Donahoe, worldwide managing director, Bain & Company)

"Pat's formula, while elegantly simple, has profound implications for leaders in all sectors. It's right on the mark." (Paula VanNess, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America)

"The four disciplines are the foundation of my company and should be required reading for all start-up ventures." (Mark Weidick, president and CEO, Cymerc Exchange, Inc.)

"This is a powerful model for any organization, large or small. Lencioni knows his stuff." (Mark Hoffman, chairman & CEO, Commerce One)