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3 Big Questions For A Frantic Family [Hardcover]

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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 6.68" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2008
Publisher   Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Co.
ISBN  0787995320  
EAN  9780787995324  

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The best-selling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team presents a fable on the art of successfully managing family life, introducing some simple and practical leadership tools--based on business strategies--that can bring purpose, clarity, and joy to family relationships by overcoming chaos without sacrificing fun and spontaneity.

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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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PATRICK M. LENCIONI is founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives and their teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to high-tech startups to universities and nonprofits. Lencioni is the author of 11 best-selling books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage.

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Patrick M. Lencioni currently resides in Lafayette, in the state of California. Patrick M. Lencioni was born in 1965 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Table Group Emeryville, California Emeryville, California The Table Gr.

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Big Fan of Lencioni - But . . .  Jan 9, 2009
I have read a number of Lencioni's previous books and found them to be insightful and extremely helpful. In particular, the "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" is very powerful and highly recommended. However, "The 3 Big Questions" was painful to listen to. And maybe that is the issue - I rarely have time to read books, so I 'read' most books by listening to them on CD while driving. It didn't take long to conclude that the reader's voice was grating, and I'm sure it didn't help that a male voice tries to impersonate a female voice (with little success). In addition, the dialogue between the characters did not flow well compared to previous Lencioni efforts. (I listened to "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" so clearly it isn't the fable-type format that doesn't play well on CD.) In short, the book was hard to follow (as in unnecessarily convoluted), and very slow to develop. As one might predict, given that I chose to buy the book (CD), I have a hectic and sometimes chaotic home life and was very much looking forward to hearing what Lencioni had to say - nevertheless I nearly stopped listening to the CD multiple times and had to force myself to finish it. If you're like me and listen to many/most of the books you read - do yourself a favor and don't attempt to listen to this one! Sorry Patrick!
Applying business concepts to the family sensibly  Dec 12, 2008
First, I think Patrick Lencioni's books are somewhat unique. The books, from The Five Temptations of a CEO right on through to The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family, all use the tool of a story to get the message across. This style, alone, does not make them unique. The fact that the author gives you a 20-40 page non-fiction book at the end of the fable does indeed make them different.

Some people like the "lesson as story" type of books and others like the "lesson as fact" type of books. This book uses both methods. The first 168 pages tell the story of a family moving from chaos to focus using the 3 Big Questions. The next 52 pages present the same information in a non-fiction style. The author calls this latter section the Model in his various books.

Now for the specifics of The 3 Big Questions. The story of the Cousins family helps you see why all of the "extras" that are usually used in business strategy are removed from the 3 Big Questions model. This benefit is very important if you've read a lot of business books. If you jump straight to the Model at the end of the book, you're likely to find yourself asking why this or that is not included - as I did. When I went back to the beginning and read the story, I could see clearly.

Overall, the book presents a simple model that can be employed in an initial 30-90 minute meeting with the family or just the parents. After that, between 10 and 20 minutes per week is all that's needed to keep things moving along in a focused manner. I've read it myself and greatly enjoyed it. Now, my wife and I will read it together and see how we can adjust our current family model based on the new insights it provides.

To the author: excellent work here!
Worthwhile for families on the go  Dec 1, 2008
As a relationship coach, I am thrilled that Lencioni has applied his talents to the family arena. As always, the book can be read in one sitting, offers an approach that is easy to apply and makes sense. If your relationship with your spouse is basically strong this will be a welcome tool to reconnect you and create some sanity. It is also a good diagnostic. If you struggle with answering the first question, that is a good sign that your marriage may need some external support.
Use these questions to guide important decisions - like your career direction!  Dec 1, 2008
Running a family can be even more challenging than running a successful business. In `The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family', Lencioni takes proven business skills and applies them to running a family.

This is another of Lencioni's fables, which tells the story of Theresa, a stay at home mom, and Jude, a freelance business consultant. Theresa borrows her husband's business know-how to organize their frantic family as well seeks to find a balance between business and family life.

Lencioni uses three big questions to target what is most important about running a family while keeping it in balance with having a successful career. These questions are useful to those of us seeking to make changes in our lives - particularly vocational changes.

When seeking a new career, it is important to consider how it will fit in with your family life, and the three big questions should be asked by every job seeker. I recommend this book as a great starting point for anyone seeking to make changes in their family and working lives.

Danny Iny
Author of the free eBook "Forget Everything You Know About Looking For a Job... And Actually Find One!"
Fun Read and VERY Helpful  Nov 19, 2008
Great book. I enjoyed it's concise style, and interesting "fable" approach.
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