Summary of Death By Meeting

A Leadership Fable

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Death By Meeting book summary
If your meetings drag on uselessly, have even more meetings — but add drama, conflict and focused purpose.


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9 Applicability

5 Innovation

5 Style


Continuing the current hot trend of couching business counsel in fables, author Patrick Lencioni takes on the ogre of the deadly dull meeting and through story and advice, wrestles it to the ground. The book is in large part about boring meetings and the author manages to reproduce their tone exactly. The protagonists are the boss, Casey, and an employee named Will who eventually loses his temper in the face of one more stifling, useless meeting. The author plants lessons about meetings throughout the story, revealed by the characters’ experiences. However, after the fable comes an undiluted section of advice: about 40 pages of straightforward, expository prose about how to have more effective, engaging meetings. If you want useful workday advice and prefer to save fairytales - even those with built-in lessons - for bedtime, start there. getAbstract welcomes this solid guidance on how to make meetings work better.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What is wrong with most meetings;
  • How to make meetings more effective; and
  • Which four types of meetings really matter.


The Story: Casey
Casey MacDaniel is founder and CEO of Yip Software. He’s a likeable, personable guy but he’s not a very inspiring CEO. In fact, he’s insipid. He lives where he grew up, in Mount Carmel, California, where his family lived for 50 years. When he was a boy, Casey worked as...
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About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management-consulting firm and a frequent public speaker. He is the author of several business books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. He previously worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase, where he was vice president of organizational development.

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