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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business | [Patrick Lencioni]

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.
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This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy, and technology, Lencioni demonstrates that there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them. Instead of trying to become smarter, he asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have.

The author of numerous best-selling business fables including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting, Lencioni here draws upon his 20 years of writing, field research, and executive consulting to some of the world’s leading organizations. He combines real-world stories and anecdotes with practical, actionable advice to create a work that is at once a great read and an invaluable, hands-on tool. The result is, without a doubt, Lencioni’s most comprehensive, significant, and essential work to date.

©2012 Patrick Lencioni (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    A. Yoshida 05-09-14
    A. Yoshida 05-09-14
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    "Good book for leaders of an organization"

    The author calls it "organizational health." I prefer to think of it as an authentic organization. Health gives the impression that it's a matter of following a regiment of good habits. Whereas authentic implies that it has to come from within the individuals. The book applies to leaders of an organization, not so much to workers. If you're not a manager, you would not even get to practice the first discipline of building a cohesive team (build trust, work through conflicts, commit to decisions, be accountable, and focus on results). The other three disciplines really need to come the top leadership of the organization - create clarity in purpose and direction of the organization, over communicate that message, and reinforce that message.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 05-13-12
    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 05-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    What did you love best about The Advantage?

    I have read all Patrick Lencioni's books twice, except for this one because it only came out in March. I plan to read it again within a year. I liked his book because it combined content from all his books. It is almost a how to lead and run a company. Though I wish it had a fable. By the time I got to the end of the book I wanted to read it again. So there was only initial disappointment that it did not have a fable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message.


    What about Patrick Lencioni???s performance did you like?

    His passion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How leadership should be executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it had a fable. Patrick's fables are fun and comprehendible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ALWALEED 05-07-15
    ALWALEED 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    This book changed the way I think about managing my companies and let me understand a lot of staff's behavior that run through my companies for a long time and I have started to eliminate it after reading this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joefrancisjr 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So Much "Meat and Potatoes""

    I just finished the title, and honestly, I am upset it is over.

    In "The Advantage," you are shown why organizational health is necessary and how to achieve it. It flows well, and leaves little to question.

    If you are serious about learning business changing ideas, I recommend following along with some sort of pen and paper. This could be broken up into many smaller study guides..

    The audio is crisp and easy to listen too. It is also very engaging.

    If you are a business leader, owner, or motivated employee.. I highly recommend this title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Gardner 06-28-14

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    "Poor performance, awful recording!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A friend tells me there is some good information in this book, but I didn't make it far enough into the audiobook to know for myself.


    What could Patrick Lencioni have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have someone else record it perhaps.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lencioni’s performance?

    The audiobook performance is flat and lifeless, and the recording is AWFUL. Every minute or two there's a loud klonking noise as if the narrator is slapping a podium. The timing of these jarring noises makes them even worse - it's just long enough between klonks to let you start hoping you've heard the last one, and then KLONK, another smack upside your brain.

    Awful!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that I wasted my time and money on something so poorly produced.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 04-30-12
    M 04-30-12

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    "Good book - bad choice for audio book"

    I really liked it - but the flaw in my plan is that I cannot highlight an audio book or make notes in the margins!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt 05-20-15
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    "Succinct and Practical"

    The author does a great job at boiling down the top issues in real and executable advice in the form of this book. His other books are great as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Agudelo South America 05-07-15
    Jose Agudelo South America 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple rich and great"

    The author is a great and enthusiastic narrator
    The book is simple and common sense about leading by example
    Simple and full of practical tools

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    Angela Montgomery CONWAY, AR, US 05-04-15
    Angela Montgomery CONWAY, AR, US 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful"

    Eye opening! Simple yet very complex. A must read for those wanting to be a part of a healthy organization.

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    Kerri Hoffman Northfield, VT United States 05-04-15
    Kerri Hoffman Northfield, VT United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Healthy is smart"

    I listened to this book multiple times. Very helpful in thinking about how to lead an organization. It would be great to do a version for non profits too. Some things are the same but some are different.

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    "Great book"

    Provides a roadmap of: creating cohesive leadership teams, identifying values/vision/mission, define goals, translate into a plan and how to monitor progress through effective communication/cooperation.

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