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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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    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 05-13-12
    Optimize the Balance Plymouth, MN 05-13-12 Member 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 05-09-14
    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 05-09-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M Crystal Lake, IL, United States 04-30-12
    M Crystal Lake, IL, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2012

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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!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Georgia 08-17-14
    Ginger Georgia 08-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good compilation"
    If you could sum up The Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Gardner Salt Lake City, UT USA 06-28-14
    Paul Gardner Salt Lake City, UT USA 06-28-14 Member Since 2007

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tonkin Castle Rock, CO United States 01-24-14
    Thomas Tonkin Castle Rock, CO United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Sincerity in Leadership. Sales Enablement and Performance. Speaker and Author. But what I realIy do is help people be the best they can be.

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    "The first chapter is all you need."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Winston Winnipeg, MB, Canada 07-10-13
    Winston Winnipeg, MB, Canada 07-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth every minute"
    What did you love best about The Advantage?

    Very clear and concise on the message


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of life examples


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lencioni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, it was all good


    Any additional comments?

    Every leader, manager, or executive should read or listen to this book and actually do what is suggested. It works!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Tyson Ft. Walton Beach, FL 03-04-13
    W. Tyson Ft. Walton Beach, FL 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book, well-read by the author himself"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tom DERWOOD, MD, United States 01-08-13
    tom DERWOOD, MD, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Business Book in decades"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great common sense book that will help any business!


    What other book might you compare The Advantage to and why?


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lencioni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the best overall book - it is the result of many years of experience and study


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    Any additional comments?

    You will learn something from this book about working in and leading businesses

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herb Lincoln, NE, United States 01-02-13
    Herb Lincoln, NE, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hits the nail on the head!"
    Where does The Advantage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Patrick does an excellent job presenting his latest book. This book ranks among the best I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Advantage to and why?

    Surprisingly few people have written about organizational health in this manner. This is really helpful stuff. Books like Good to Great, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and Start with WHY mesh well with the message presented in The Advantage.


    What about Patrick Lencioni’s performance did you like?

    It is even more impactful when the author presents the book himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It caused me to be introspective.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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