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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.
©2008 Patrick Lencioni (P)2008 Random House Audio

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Extremely practical, highly useful

I have read a number of Patrick Lencioni's books. This one, too, does not disappoint. I read a lot of business writing and Lencioni again does well to help us grasp new habits that could be complex if we were left to decipher them ourselves.

This book takes us through a family's trek to discern their own family values (using the 3 q's), and as a product of that, they are able to develop their own priority statements, which they use to develop short term goals while maintaining crucial priorities.

I initially picked up this title because it promised to answer the questions my wife and I have debated for so long. My wife has come out of it even more enthusiastic than I!

This was time well spent. My wife and I are already using it to define our own value and family priority statements.

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30 minutes of content padded with fours hours of fluff.

The overall message is great. I would STRONGLY suggest listing to the interview the author did at the Art of Manliness podcast. So much of this is just pointless filler designed to turn this into a book.

Let me clear, it is worth slogging through the nonsense in order to get the author’s points. However, the VAST majority of this book is completely unnecessary and comes off as filler just so it can be made long enough to call it a book.

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Great bridge from organizational thinking to family life

The author did a good job of taking some basic business principles and integrating them into a family's day to day living. It is surprising how easily this transfers but how compartmentalized we can be. Bridging these theories , I believe, can bear a lot of fruit in one's home life. Excited to give it a shot!

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Spot on!

My wife and I listened to this on a recent trip back from KC to Dallas. She said the life of the wife was spot on. She ordered the book from Amazon and we're going to give this approach of family planning a try to put some agreed priorities in our lives.

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Very good reading for families like us

The examples in the book are extremely authentic. It was like narrating every day activities for my family. Sound practical solutions and, in many ways, fresh look at how to inject more success in family life. The narrator is a weak point.

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Articulates how I feel daily.

Every example used is completely relatable. I can definitely take the model and apply it to my family and quickly see progress. It's about CONTEXT not PERFECTION!

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Practical wisdom for every family AND Organization

This fable is full of practical wisdom and it is a blessing that Pat put this together for a modern family to use as a model. I think because of the desire to touch every family, there was a tremendous amount of detail in the story that drug things along too much for my taste. The overall point here is perfection! Clarity is a must. I look forward to implementing this plan in my family.

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Exactly what our family needed!

This book pleasantly surprised me in how the author so seemlessly presented the information in the form of a narrative. I love that I got to follow the journey of a family who was in great need of clarity and how they discovered it. I really resonated with much of it which makes it easier to apply for my own family. Also, the author give plenty of real-world examples so you can get a wide perspective of ways to implement the strategies. It was great!

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Such a helpful way to stop living frantically

The author uses an engaging story format to teach so many valuable principles. Love it!

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Good info, unnecessarily complicated delivery.

I started reading this book excited about the information being presented through story—thinking it would help me better grasp the content. However, I found the opposite happened. The story needlessly complicated the otherwise straightforward message. Do an online search for the Table Group's summary pdf of these 3 questions. I found that document to be more direct and clear presentation of this book's information.

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  • 05-23-18

Contrived and impossible to take seriously

I couldn’t get more than a third of the way through this. The fable is a story so co thrived it was insulting. It was inauthentic, had twee interactions, and patronising. I couldn’t connect to the fake questions Theresa asks to expose the story.

For example, she says, “A few weeks ago I saw a sign in the elevator of a hospital that said their core values were... She thought about it for a moment before slowly ticking off the ones she could remember: [cue thinking voice by narrator] innovation, quality, teamwork, customer service, patient care, integrity, financial responsibility. She hesitated before continuing. They also had community service and diversity and environmentalism in there. They laughed.”

I was expecting something a bit more heavyweight and in keeping with Lencioni’s gravitas. Fine to make theory more accessible, but this was insultingly “dumbed down”.
I couldn’t see/hear through it to extract any legitimate content.

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  • 12-13-17

Great practical takeaways

Highly recommended. I'm an organised, forward-thinking person, so this kind of approach really appeals to me. I'm excited about sharing this with my wife - it'll provide us with a excellent framework and universal language for focusing our family on what's important and how we make decisions.

Four stars instead of five because I thought too much of the "business stuff" from other books (specifically The Advantage) was covered early on. For me, that's fine, I'm a big fan of Lencioni and have introduced a lot of his work at my company. However, I think others may have to battle through some of that to get the real value from this book. But battle through they should, because the second half - when the main family starts breaking through and Lencioni provides several examples of real families implementing the three questions - is great!

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  • 02-22-18

Great read!!

Very useful advice on managing family affairs and having a healthy home 🏡👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👍🏿👍🏿
Would recommend to anyone with a family or starting one!!