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The Motive

Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities
Written by: Patrick M. Lencioni
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins

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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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  • Heather Bird
  • 28-02-20

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
  • 26-02-20

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
  • 27-02-20

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
  • 26-02-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-05-20

Great book on leadership.

Probably not going to be an easy read. But it’s for sure a worthy one. Really enjoyed it and super thankful for these lessons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-20

Captivating

Refreshingly new and timely for all that are interested in evaluating strongly their reasons for leadership

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  • Derek Brown
  • 20-05-20

Interesting, thought provoking and entertaining.

While the book is short it contains a lot of excellent ideas that help you reflect on your motives for becoming a leader.

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  • Linda Sue Gunn
  • 24-04-20

I need another book!

Struggled to press pause every time I was in
my vehicle I was so ready to press play

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  • Ray
  • 18-04-20

The End Is The Beginning of Real Leadership

Servant Leadership as a category is over. That’s a major premise of this excellent work. Truly, SERVANT LEADERSHIP is the ONLY EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP.

My motives are checked. Pat has helped me to sharpen them.

I only wish that Pat had read this himself. The narrator IS excellent. I just prefer to hear the author’s voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-20

short, simples but provokes a lot of reflection

short, simples but provokes a lot of reflection.
good se as for executives and the ones that want to be

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  • Mr. A. Kell
  • 07-03-20

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.

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  • The Hardings
  • 26-05-20

Simple, profound, challenging trutha

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