D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

The 5 Temptations of a CEO

Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:54 AM

Back in March of '07 I blogged about a great book I read called The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Looking back I realize that blog post was supposed to be the first of a series that went in depth to each of the Dysfunctions. I might actually finish off that series, but regardless of what I blog about you should pick it up. Great book for organizations to help evaluate their team...remember: nobody is perfect and there's always room for improvement.

This all leads me to another recommendation. I recently picked up 'The Five Temptations of a CEO' by Patrick Lencioni (who wrote the 5 Dysfunctions book as well). Like the 5D book, this one is FANTASTIC as well. Lencioni does what so many authors fail to do: deliver his points in an entertaining manor quickly and in a way that you can grasp it (the book, with a review of the model and a self assessment section is 130 pages).

The book was written 10 years ago, and I would argue that the title should replace "CEO" with "Leader", because the points made in the book can apply to anyone that is in a position of authority in an organization. It warns about five temptations that leaders can fall into which ultimately hinder their effectiveness and that of their organization as well.

Now I don't want to give away what those 5 temptations are because the book is really worth a full read, but consider the questions below and be honest with your answers:

Do you often wonder what you'll do to top your current position in your career?

Would it bother you if your organization succeeded but you remained anonymous compared with your peers?

Do you accept your team/organization's failure as your own, or do you separate the two?

Are you a close friend of your direct reports?

Does it bother you if those under your authority are unhappy with you?

Do you prefer to wait for more info rather than make a decision without all of the facts?

Do you encourage passionate discussion/arguing in meetings or do you try to keep the peace?

Do you have a hard time admitting that you're wrong, or do you feel that others are always looking to unsurp you?

These questions help gauge whether you may be falling into temptation. What are those temptations? Go buy the book and find out...but realize the danger in these sort of tomes: once you realize that there may be something deficient, will you have the bravery to make the changes required?



# re: The 5 Temptations of a CEO

Thanks for the recommendation. I've never heard of this author, but find these types of books fascinating. I wonder if the entire collection of Patrick Lencioni books are just as good?

7/14/2008 5:48 AM | Adam Kahtava

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