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.
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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.
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.
This is a great common sense book that will help any business!
This is the best overall book - it is the result of many years of experience and study
You will learn something from this book about working in and leading businesses
Patrick does an excellent job presenting his latest book. This book ranks among the best I have listened to.
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.
It is even more impactful when the author presents the book himself.
It caused me to be introspective.
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