5 Temptations of a Manager: A Powerful Fable That Pinpoints the Essentials of Success

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A commemorative edition of the landmark book from Patrick Lencioni When it was published ten years ago, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that came before. Highly sought-after management consultant Patrick Lencioni deftly told the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing, but doesn't know why. Refreshingly original and utterly compelling, this razor-sharp novelette plus self-assessment (written to be read in one sitting) serves as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors?behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master. Any executive can learn how to recognize the mistakes that leaders can make and how to avoid them. The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO, are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates ten years of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership that have occurred in the past ten years.

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Imagine running into the ultimate management mentor late one night on an otherwise deserted commuter train, and walking away from the strange encounter with an encapsulated guide to success in the corporate world. That's exactly what screenwriter and business coach Patrick Lencioni has done in The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable, placing his tale in an easy-reading and thought- provoking kind of self-help novel.

Designed to be read in a single sitting, this book uses the unexpected meeting between troubled high-tech honcho Andrew O'Brien and a mysterious old man named Charlie to explore a series of common traps that can unwittingly ensnare any hard-driven executive. Lencioni hones in on the five "temptations" of the workplace: desires to jealously guard career status, consistently remain popular with subordinates, unfailingly make correct decisions, constantly strive for an atmosphere of total harmony, and always appear invulnerable. A discussion of the story's events and their real-world implications follows, as Lencioni shifts from screenwriter mode to business coach to help answer some of the questions he raises. --Howard Rothman

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THE COMMEMORATIVE EDITION OF A LANDMARK BOOK FROM PATRICK LENCIONI

"Patrick Lencioni's combination of homey management truths and simple prose has struck a chord with business leaders tired of jargon and complicated strategic models."
—The Wall Street Journal

"This book reflects so much of what I love about Patrick's insights; thought provoking, challenging of the accepted, simple but not simplistic, and highly practical. It should be a primer for leaders at all levels—not just CEOs."
—Colleen C. Barrett, president Southwest Airlines Co.

"Lencioni's remarkable ability to tell a compelling story is what sets this book apart from most other leadership books."
—Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications

"I talk about the Five Temptations in all my leadership programs and have used it to enhance my leadership and the leadership of others."
—David C. Novak, chairman, CEO, and president Yum! Brands

"The Five Temptations of a CEO is a thoughtprovoking story, a reason to examine your behavior in light of your current challenges. Read it, reflect on its message, make changes, and read it again in a few months."
—Edward T. Reilly, president and CEO, American Management Association

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