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Publisher's Summary

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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Great read!!

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

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  • James
  • 20-11-2015

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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  • J. Hook
  • 16-02-2015

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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  • Mohamed
  • 08-11-2012

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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  • Mulrich
  • 12-04-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-2017

Good principles for structuring family priorities

I've been listening to the book and got a lot of ideas around how to focus on our family priorities. Thanks a lot to the author, Patrick Lencioni.

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  • Janelle H.
  • 05-06-2017

loved it!

what a great book. I listened to it which made it somewhat hard to remember the principles, but I would just go back and listen to a few chapters to write down the key concepts and the 3 big questions. my husband and I have done the exercises and have already implemented them into our lives. I also decided to ask myself the 3 questions for personal growth as well.

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  • Chris
  • 05-04-2017

Bring home some good business principles

The story makes the key points easy to digest. The process driven part of me appreciated the breakdown and application guide at the end. great read for husband and wife teams.

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  • Victoria
  • 28-03-2017

Yes and yes!

Wonderfully written and easy to read and follow. I am so excited to put the information into practice!

Life changing book!

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  • Joel
  • 19-10-2016

Great for families, frantic or not

I started listening to this, then stopped and started it over so both my wife and I could listen. We loved the principles and ideas presented. This is very doable for any family, and is recommended for any family, whether they are frantic or not.

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  • timeblade
  • 23-09-2016

Sorry didn't work for me

I liked first part but could not appreciate the second half fully.
Have enjoyed other books by author.

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  • K
  • 23-05-2018

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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  • Richard Cassidy
  • 13-12-2017

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!