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.
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.
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.
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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.
Have someone else record it perhaps.
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.
Frustration that I wasted my time and money on something so poorly produced.
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.
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