the four obsessions of an extraordinary executive

21 Apr

i have to admit that as compared to lencioni’s other books that i have read (5 dysfunctions, silos, death by meeting) this one just didn’t stack up in a couple of ways. after reading the other books my mind was turning over some new ideas and had me thinking of not how to apply what he says so much, but how that way of thinking had to do with my own and if his strategies would fit with what i know my work situation to be. this one left me kind of flat. i’m pretty sure i’ve been reading them out of order and perhaps that played a role in my perception of his message, but this one seemed like a rehash of some old ideas he brought through in his other books. although, if this one came first i guess that would be considered a prehash? at any rate, it didn’t do it for me which is a bit disappointing but it happens. one point that i think was drawn out well is the situation that happens when you have a team member you isn’t on the same page as the rest of the team. luckily i have never dealt with a situation as severe as they mention in the book, but i can imagine the mayhem that could ensue if someone chose to take their philosophical ostricization and decide to turn their angst on the team itself. it did drive home the importance of a team having a common goal and always keeping that in mind. our professional doesn’t use the same business-speak that they use in the book but there was something that rang true with me when a situation like this occurs.


Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “the four obsessions of an extraordinary executive

  1. Jeri

    April 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I have found that staying focused on the work is the answer to dysfunction/disagreement/difficulty in the workplace. Somehow it wins out every time until the change comes.

  2. karen vanek

    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I so agree with Jeri. Realizing that the basic issue is the work is the neutral ground on which we can all meet – sooner or later. I think this happens more easily in a productive, professional team like ours than in some other organizaitons to which I’ve belonged. Somehow the enviroment around her promotes this work ethic. I think it must have come from leadership setting the tradition of respect for the work as well as for the workers.


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