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Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable . . . About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick M. Lencioni

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PROBLEM #1: LACK OF DRAMA

Meetings are not inherently boring. By definition, they are dynamic interactions involving groups of people discussing topics that are relevant to their livelihoods. So why are they so often dull? Because we eliminate the one element that is required to make any human activity interesting: conflict.

I took a screenwriting class in college and, as a hobby, have written a few screenplays myself. In the process of my study and practice of the craft, I learned something about drama that I believe is completely relevant to meetings.

You see, conflict is at the center of every great movie. It is the essence of drama, and it is the reason audiences become and remain engaged in a story. And whatever type of conflict it is—man versus ...

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