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.
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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.
Lencioni pulls together his best work to provide an overview for the reader. It's interesting and helps one to be able to see the big picture. Good place to start if beginning work on an orgnaization.
Sincerity in Leadership. Sales Enablement and Performance. Speaker and Author. But what I realIy do is help people be the best they can be.
The first chapter was compelling and did bring some excellent points. That is all you need to hear. I'm not much for popular press books in business since they become a platform for opinion, and though Mr. Lencioni does have experience in this area of business, the examples utilized did not do much for me as to convince me of his thesis. Chapter one is a good HBR article, thats it.
Very clear and concise on the message
Lots of life examples
This was my first one
Not really, it was all good
Every leader, manager, or executive should read or listen to this book and actually do what is suggested. It works!
In my opinion Lencioni's model for a healthy organization is very good! The audible read is well done, and read by the author himself. Lencioni reads well. I had listened to some of his talks on youtube, so was especially glad to hear him read his own book. Lencioni states the premise of his book thusly: "The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it." I am a pastor of a Presbyterian Church, and although there are significant differences in a church and business and what makes them healthy, nevertheless, the church functions as an organization in part, and much of what Lencioni says is as applicable to the church in that respect as to other organizations. Because the "leadership team" of churches -- especially smaller and middle-sized churches -- is scattered throughout the week, some of his comments about "meetings" are not feasible; but others are very significant. This book brings together the models presented in several business fables Lencioni has written, and I personally am very appreciative of both the fables and this compilation of his thought. I highly commend it.
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