Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable Summary

The SQUEEZE: Patrick Lencioni’s Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable centers on Casey McDaniel, a business character who is struggling to solve a problem he created. Casey has to make a career-changing decision that will rock his company. In Lencioni’s book, Casey is the founder of Yip Software. Casey’s major problem is bad meetings and he seeks the advice of an advisor in Will Peterson, who proposes an unconventional, radical approach to helping Casey solve his meeting problem. Casey humbly and desperately listens. Lencioni’s business fiction is considered to offer a groundbreaking model for how to apply real-world concepts to the business environment. Death by Meeting is a blueprint for company leaders who desire to eliminate frustration among team members and who want to create an environment that is conducive for passion and engagement.

Notable Endorsement: “The author is something of a master of the modern fable….” —Professional Manager, Vol.13, No.6, November 2004

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • How can real-world concepts be applied to the business environment?
  • What are some ways to create an environment where business leaders are engaged and not apathetic to the corporate vision?
  • How can the elimination of frustration among business team leaders improve organizational health?


About the Author: Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, which is a firm whose central mission is to help leaders improve organizational health. Lencioni’s principles are currently embraced by leaders around the world and are also adopted by multi-million dollar corporations. Lencioni’s thought-provoking ideas appeal to multi-national corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, schools, churches, and professional sports teams. Lencioni is the author of ten business books and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Bloomberg’s Businessweek, and USA Today. Lencioni currently lives in Alamo, California.


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Publisher: Jossey-Bass (March 2004)

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