November 3, 2006

News & Opinion: Pat Lencioni News

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A solid WSJ story about Pat Lencioni last week combined a dose of the mundane (he is an enthusiastic 41-year-old with a toothy grin and intent hazel eyes) and the intriguing (Lencionis background includes time spent as a budding screenwriting, and a consultant for Bain.)

Last week I spoke with Lencioni about his work, and he shared the news that at the moment he has plans for three more books, and that the title of his next one is The Three Signs of A Miserable Job. The title should, like all his books, convey what this one focuses on. Lencioni shared a few thoughts on the role of fallibility in his books: I dont think that life is neat and tidy, which is why I make my characters flawed. I want people to think of these characters as real people. He says that of all the characters in all his books, the one most closely resembled on himself would be the kid from Death By Meeting. And he shared one last thought common to all writers, whether budding novelists or denizens, like him, of the best-seller lists: I am writing my seventh book now, and with every one of them I say to myself, please dont make this the one that sucks.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.