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THE FOUR OBSESSIONS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY EXECUTIVE†
A Leadership Fable
A book in the tradition of The Five Temptations of a CEO (1998), Lencioni tells a short, interesting (fictional) story to illustrate his themes.† Lencioni is a speaker and the president of Table Groups, a management consulting firm.† After the tale, there is a brief application section.
The four ďobsessions,Ē areas where the CEO spent the bulk of his efforts, are
i. What did you accomplish?
ii. What will you accomplish next?
iii. How can you improve?
iv. Are you embracing the values?
†††††† Be cohesive
†††††† Be clear
†††††† Over communicate
For performance reviews, every manager must spend 90 minutes in a room with each employee.† They take it seriously.
The competitive advantage any company can have, but which is usually ignored, is organizational health.† It requires a lot of time and attention from executives.
Health means less politics and confusion, greater morale and productivity, less turnover, and lower recruiting costs.
The four human systems to institutionalize an organizationís sense of clarity are
Look for qualities in job candidates that match the values of the company.† Use psychological testing and well-designed questions.†
Performance management is about communication and alignment.† In the management reviews, include only essential information.† Performance evaluation dialogue is not quarterly but daily and ongoing.
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