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The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family is the story of Theresa and Jude Cousins. The couple is knee deep in the chaos of managing a family, a household and raising four children. Beyond the rigors of parenting, Theresa and Jude are overwhelmed by volunteer activities, business trips, family trips, soccer games, swim practice, birthday parties, play dates, Girl Scout meetings, client meetings, parent-teacher meetings, back-to-school nights, and in-law visits. As a result, they live in a constant state of hustle, with little free time to relax and communicate with one another. Theresa bears the brunt of the situation, and she has had enough.

After numerous declarations that things must change, Theresa finally has a revelation one day when Jude says, “If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they’d be out of business.” Theresa decides to take a different look at her husband’s consulting practice, with her eye on family life. Ultimately, she adapts his methodology for creating healthy organizations to the Cousins family, “the most important organization of all.”

During the story, Theresa struggles to operationalize her theoretical breakthrough, trying to balance theory with application in the real, messy world of family life. She experiences ups and downs along the way, but eventually develops a model that works.

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The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family Model

The Three Big Questions outlines a simple model to help transform the way we manage our families.

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Frantic Family Article

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Author Q&A

Patrick Lencioni answers some common questions about his new book and model.

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Consulting and Training Services

Consulting and Training Services

The Table Group offers a variety of consulting offerings around Pat’s models and methodologies. If you are interested in learning more about our services please feel free to fill out the Consulting Inquiry Form below or visit the consulting section our website. For those who prefer to talk about offerings via phone, please call our Vice President of consulting,Jeff Gibson, VP of Consulting, at 925.299.9705 or for more information.

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Speaking Services

Pat was recently named one of the nation’s top five business speakers by The Wall Street Journal. To inquire about Pat’s availability, please contact Alison Knox at 925.299.9706. Or, you may complete our Speaking Inquiry Form below. Please note that we receive dozens of requests on a weekly basis and will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in an expeditious manner.

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Reviews & Press

The 3 Big Questions For a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable

By Andrea Sachs — Time Magazine 8/28/2008

Memo to mom: “if my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they’d be out of business.” So says the management-consultant dad in this slim but thought-provoking volume. BlackBerrys are blurring the line between work and home. Why not apply business principles to “the most important organization in your life”? It’s hard to argue with the idea that family goals should be carefully articulated. Likewise, a weekly family meeting can only help team spirit. But please, let’s draw the line at pink slips.

Family Business

By Susan Safipour — Diablo Magazine 9/2009

Does your family life feel frantic as you race from one soccer game, parent-teacher meeting, and backyard barbecue to the next? If so, you might want to check out Patrick Lencioni’s The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family.

In his new book, Lencioni, an Alamo business-management expert, turns his attention from Fortune 500 companies to the most important organization of all: the family.

The book begins with an overwhelmed wife searching for solutions to the chaos of kids’ soccer and swimming, school board meetings, and a husband out of town on business. She boils down management strategies developed by her husband’s firm to three questions parents should answer. These questions help parents identify what makes their family unique, and how to set priorities and steer their family ship to saner waters.

Lencioni, who’s written several New York Times best-sellers on business practices, illustrates ways to apply his system with real-life stories and practical tips.

Praise for Frantic Family

Readers Applaud Frantic Family

"A guidebook for frantic families who want to reduce stress, tension, and pressure, and make the adventure of family life more exuberant."

— Frances Hesselbein

Chairman and founding president of Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management; former CEO, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

"This is terrific. Just like he does in his business books, Lencioni combines great fiction with uncommon wisdom and practical advice. He provides simple tools that will help any family reduce stress and increase vitality."

— Tim Tassopoulos

Senior Vice President, Operations

Chick-fil-A, Inc.

"By interjecting concepts like strategy and organizational values into families, Lencioni may just revolutionize the way we see our roles as leaders at home. This should be a classic."

— Jim Levine

Author, Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

"Finally, a family book that doesn’t bore me with academic jargon or make me feel inadequate as a parent. I loved it and put it to use immediately."

— Patty DeWitt

School teacher, wife, mother of three

"Patrick’s delightful story is as engaging as it is powerful. He elevates the difficult role of managing a family to the place where it belongs."

— Elisa Morgan

CEO, MOPS International; Publisher, FullFill


Media Resources

The Three Questions for a Frantic Family Book Jacket

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Author Q&A

Patrick Lencioni answers some common questions about his new book and model.

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View Pat being interviewed on Frantic Family.

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View clips of Patrick Lencioni on CNBC, ESPN, Niel Cavuto and more.

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