Death By Meeting: A Leadership Parable
“Death By Meeting” is Patrick Lencioni’s follow up to “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” The book follows a similar structure to the previous book. Both books spend the first three fourths of the book tell a parable of a business that is underperforming. The parable both exposes typical dysfuntions of a team, and then it provides solutions to those problems in story form. Then the final section didactically describes practically how to implement the authors solutions.
While the previous book dealt with teamwork as a whole, this book deals with meetings (you could probably figure that out from the title). The book suggests that the problem with meetings isn’t that we have too many, it’s that we have too few! The author believes we need to have MORE MEETINGS and MORE TYPES of meetings.
The author suggests four types of meetings:
- Daily Check-In – A daily brief meeting to touch base on daily activities.
- Weekly Tactical – A weekly meeting to resolve conflicts between different departments.
- Monthly Strategic – A monthly meeting to discuss and brainstorm strategy
- Quarterly Off-Site Review – A quarterly multi-day meeting to review past perform and discuss potential strategic directions.