I think the number one wish on everyone’s Christmas list should be to restore the sanity in their lives for 2011. Never is it more evident how out of control our lives can get than around the holidays! Which is why I think everyone should pick up a copy of The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family this Christmas in hopes of making your 2011 more organized and orderly.
I first learned of Patrick Lencioni’s book from one of my mentor’s (and founder of Intentional Moms), Catherine Hickem. As a corporate coach, she could not recommend the book highly enough, which was good enough for me to pick it up. In keeping with the style of Pat’s other popular leadership books, he uses a fable to illustrate the problem (in this case, the frantic pace our families are keeping these days) and then highlights how a simple business model can be put to use to bring sanity back to our everyday lives.
The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family is broken up into two major sections: The Fable & The Model. To be honest, the first time I picked up the book, I skipped right to the back of the book to read about how to implement the model. I loved how simple yet profound it was! I was so intrigued, of course I had to go back and read the fable from the beginning (which I did during onc lovely evening in the bathtub – a luxury at the time!) and gained even more value from this book.
Not only did I begin to implement the principles, but I proceeded to share the book with others who I thought would benefit. A dear friend of mine who has also taken the mission of The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family to heart, both at home and at work, is Plumb (aka Tiffany). Just take a look at the ‘mission control center’ (my wording, not hers) that she’s set up in her kitchen:
What I love is that neither Tiffany or I probably follow the model exactly as Pat intended it, but we’ve made it work for our families and it’s made a major difference in our quality of life and quantity of time we get to spend together.
Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the book is that not only has it allowed our entire family to have a ‘rallying cry’ so that we are all aware of and pursuing a common mission, but it has also made it easier to communicate to others exactly what it is our family is all about! The power in this is that we can pick and choose events, causes and activities that match up with our mission, allowing us to filter through the ‘good’ and only participate in what is the ‘BEST’ for our family.
If you’re looking for a practical (& humorous!) book that will make an immediate impact on your family, make sure to pick up a copy of The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family this Christmas!