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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive


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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive ix Introduction xi THE FABLE PART ONE: GREEN'S PAIN 1 The Rival 3 Reconnaissance 5 PART TWO: THE HISTORY 9 Two CEOs 11 Desperate Epiphany 14 Practice 17 The Gatekeeper 20 Asleep at the Gate 22 Misorientation 28 Hesitation 31 Confrontation 34 The Virus 38 Mending Fences 40 Off-Sites 43 Meadowood 46 The Day of Reckoning 56 360 Degrees Feedback 63 Unraveling 71 Cold Water 74 Moment of Truth 76 PART THREE: GREEN'S OPPORTUNITY 83 Reacquaintance 85 Contact 88 Discipline One 93 Discipline Two 100 Discipline Three 107 Discipline Four 113 The Realization 127 PART FOUR: THE RESOLUTION 129 The Decision 131 White Flag 133 Afterword 135 ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH:THE MODEL 137 Putting the Disciplines into Practice: A Summary and Self-Assessment 139 Acknowledgments 181 About the Author 183

About the Author

PATRICK LENCIONI, author of The Five Temptations of a CEO, is also the president of The Table Group, a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that specializes in organizational and executive development. In addition to his writing and consulting, Pat is a sought-after speaker on topics related to leadership and management. He lives with his wife Laura, and their twin boys, Matthew and Connor, in the Bay Area.


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