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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable

A friend loaned me a copy of Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni.  It took me a while to get around to reading it because I had been working on my dissertation, but now that I have read it I found it to be very helpful.

The largest part of the book is a narrative or “fable” describing the experiences of the CEO of a hypothetical tech company and his top executives.  Through their experiences, we learn why most leaders look at meetings as a boring and ineffective, and what can be done to solve both problems.  The central points which the story is intended to teach are summarized in part two of the book, The Model.

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“Dangerous” Ideas for Boys

Today I learned about an interesting book called “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” The authors contend that the lives of boys today are too well programmed and too “safe.” An article in today’s newspaper describes the book:

But the truth is, many boys today frequently have little opportunity… Continue reading

Review: Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult

I have finished re-reading Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult by Nick Pollard. I love the realistic title of this book, which says nothing about making evangelism “easy.” This is the best book that I have seen on reaching those who are more postmodern in their thinking. Pollard is an evangelist… Continue reading

The Next Generation Leader

I have just finished reading The Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future by Andy Stanley. The author is the son of well-known Christian leader Charles Stanley. Although this book is targeted for younger leaders, I found that the leadership principles covered in the book… Continue reading

Types of Conscience

Some people have a lax conscience while others have a delicate conscience. Continue reading

Trusting God with who you really are

I just finished reading the book TrueFaced: Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are (I know that I seem to be starting this blog with a lot of book reviews, but that is because I have to do 2000 pages of reading for the D.Min. class that I… Continue reading

Living the Life

I just finished reading Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard. This book is both deep and I just finished reading Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard. This book is both deep and practical. Continue reading

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