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The Motive

Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
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Shay was still angry but shrugged nonchalantly as if to say, it's not that big of a deal. 

"So, what am I wrong about?" 

"You're not going to want to hear this, but I have to tell you anyway." Liam paused before finishing. "You might be working hard, but you're not doing it for the company." 

"What the hell does that mean?" Shay wanted to know. Knowing that his adversary might punch him for what he was about to say, Liam responded. "You're doing it for yourself." 

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni has written a dozen books that focus on how leaders can build teams and lead organizations. In The Motive, he shifts his attention toward helping them understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. 

In what may be his edgiest pause-resister to date, Lencioni thrusts his listeners into a day-long conversation between rival CEOs. Shay Davis is the CEO of Golden Gate Alarm, who, after just a year in his role, is beginning to worry about his job and is desperate to figure out how to turn things around. With nowhere else to turn, Shay receives some hard-to-swallow advice from the most unlikely and unwanted source - Liam Alcott, CEO of a more successful security company and his most hated opponent. 

Lencioni uses unexpected plot twists and crisp dialogue to take us on a journey that culminates in a resolution that is as unexpected as it is enlightening. As he does in his other books, he then provides a straightforward summary of the lessons from the fable, combining a clear explanation of his theory with practical advice to help executives examine their true motivation for leading. In addition to provoking listeners to honestly assess themselves, Lencioni presents action steps for changing their approach in five key areas. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.

©2020 Patrick M. Lencioni (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Incredible book. So well presented

I loved the underlying message in this book. As an audio book it was so easy to listen to and take in and it makes so much sense. The application will be the hardest part and I accept that I have a lot of work to do.

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Simple, profound, challenging trutha

I found this book to be a simple, profound and challenging book that really gave me mlm some actionable insights.

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  • Heather Bird
  • 28-02-2020

Patrick Lencioni does it again!

This is another most read for anyone in leadership. Listen, take notes, and make a change!

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  • Alex J. Richardson
  • 26-02-2020

Love these leadership fables. Always great!

This is a quick and easy read, with most completing it in just under 3 hours. I am impressed at how powerful the concept proposed is and how impactful the small book can be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-2020

Great stories drive home the lessons

Very profound and searching. Perhaps more important to internalize than any "how to" book on leadership.

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  • Robert Wurzel
  • 26-02-2020

Yes yes yes!!

This book is an amazing depiction of how leaders tend to abdicate their roles for things that they think are fun but less important. A must read for anyone in leadership or those who are under a leader.

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  • John Bryant
  • 08-08-2020

Excellent read

Transformative book, encouraging revival. Recognizing what is lost too often in business. Something to strive for.

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  • scogre
  • 03-08-2020

Short but powerful

I have read all of Patrick’s books. I’m a big fan.

This one was short, but has a poignant message. Highly recommend.

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  • Magda
  • 02-08-2020

What a book about leadership!

"Servant leadership: Is there any other way to lead?" This is a question asked by the author that has made this book one of my favorite reads about leadership. I had many aha! moments. I highly recommend it.
Great narrator!

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  • JIm
  • 20-07-2020

a great reminder for leaders

Love the story, I could see many of my companies I have worked for or with the years. It's a great reminder for those of us who want to be leaders.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2020

Servant Leadership

This is a great book that will put any seasoned leader in their place, if they think they are leading the best way possible. I have practiced and worked for many types of leaders and this book puts in perspective what will create the best leader possible on any level of management.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2020

Captivating story!

This was the first book by Patrick Lencioni that I’ve read and I’ll be reading more. The Motive really opened my eyes to some of the things I’ve been avoiding and need to be doing simply because I’m uncomfortable. Listening to this book was very beneficial. I truly believe applying it can be life and leadership changing.

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  • MRS HOLMES
  • 14-06-2020

Much needed book on leadership for our time

Written in Lencioni's easy to understand format this book is a timely reminder of the motives people have for leading. Leading with the wrong motive can be disastrous, this book calls us to refocus on the right way- doing the right things, at the right time for the right reasons.

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  • Mr. A. Kell
  • 07-03-2020

Great book, just a little short

I've enjoyed all of the Patrick Lencioni books that I've read and this was no exception. the only downside was how short it was.