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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

David A. Zimmer

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family
Patrick Lencioni

"This is the second book I've read by Patrick Lencioni. Lencioni takes his management/business consulting expertise and focuses it on the most important institution of all time - the family. Families seem to be in a state of disarray, running frantically to fit everything we want to do into a 24 hour time frame, yet at the same time experiencing frustration over the things not getting completed.

Lencioni states we can follow a simplified "business" plan for our families and I wholeheartedly agree. I wrote a chapter for a book concerning goal setting and a process to follow to not only define the goals, but to reach the goals. Lencioni's approach is very similar to my goal setting approach. He, as I did, starts with establishing the family values.

A unique aspect to Lencioni's method is the "rallying cry" - the major near-term focus for the family. It defines the most important "activity" the whole family should focus on. Decisions and activities are then determined by the values and rallying cry. It puts a context to life and the family - something most people don't have. They simply exist.

Each New Years, my family sets our goals for the upcoming year - me, my wife and two children. This year, I am going to modify the approach based on what I learned from Lencioni. We will have family goals and define our rallying cry. In that context, we can make our daily decisions aligned with our family and individual goals.

If your family has a frantic lifestyle, and I bet you do regardless of the size, you need to read this book.

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