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 is a great and enthusiastic narrator
The book is simple and common sense about leading by example
Simple and full of practical tools
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.
This book is an excellent resource for any leader wishing to implement an improvement in organization health. Excellent read again.
Perfect for where we are with our organization! Easy to understand and apply. Thanks Patrick for sharing your experience and wisdom!
The head is a great survival tool but it gets easily lost in delusion due to fear, trauma, productivity pressures and perceived expectations. Only the heart connects us to the present moment which includes all the people around us and all their thoughts, feelings, courage and other vital qualities that make work life and all life worth while. If you want to connect with your customers you will have to connect to your heart and the people around you and stop discounting the present moment for the mind's safety delusions. Pat does a great job of reading his work and changing the world by reconnecting boardrooms that are dead below the neck and just don't realize it.
Spoke has a lot of good points about how to improve communication among leaders and how to organize and set the tone of the organization. The latter half of the book dealing with HR hiring and related topics is rather flat and there are better resources available.
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