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.
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.
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
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.
How leadership should be executed.
Wish it had a fable. Patrick's fables are fun and comprehendible.
This is an summary/alignment of the other books/fables Patrick Lencioni has written. For the first time reader the individual books are more useful.
This books is useful to summarize and implement Patrick's teachings. I bought the audiobook and wish I'd just got the book to refer to.
The audiobook of the fables are great to listen to driving places...especially long distance.
This book is the best organizational leadership book I have read. I think there are better general leadership books, but as far as organizational specific books, this one takes the cake! I really enjoyed the amount of research lencioni put into this book. It felt like I was reading something from Jim Collins with the amount of research that was in this, but it was a great read.
Lots of details, and in some way a summary of the author's other works. I don't feel as compelled to read "Death by Meeting" after hearing the summary from this book.
Organizational health should be a goal for every organization - at least as much as other no-brainers like "shareholder value".
There aren't really any characters in this book - why would you ask me a question like this?
No extreme reactions - this is a business book, and although definitely a worthwhile listen, the author tends to use a number of lists over the course of the book. When you listen for 30 minutes in the car one day, and pick it up again the next day, it was hard to keep track of where things were.
I definitely feel compelled to apply some of the aspects of "organizational health" to my organizations.
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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