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The Advantage Audiobook

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Matt Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-26-17
    Matt Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-26-17 Listener Since 2005
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    "Highly efficient and impactful"

    I took an exceptional number of simple and actionable ideas out of this book to improve processes within my team. I'd very much like to implement the full system described in the book, and will try to implement it in stages at my company. I would highly recommend this book to anyone on a leadership team within an organization, or anyone that leads a team of people.

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    lisa brown 09-06-17
    lisa brown 09-06-17
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    "great book. narrator is ok"

    great book Whispersync works really well. the narrator was just okay not bad not good

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    Dawn Slaybaugh 08-20-17
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    "A different take on the usual leadership advice"

    Having read all of the leadership books by John Maxwell and others, this book gives actual practices that can be applied when you're working with your leadership team. Although I work in education, almost all of the recommendations in this book can be applied. This is one of my more favorite leadership books and I will listen to it over and over.

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    Daniel S. Mayer 07-30-17
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    "organizational changes structure"

    if you are looking to perform some organizational changes and revisit how your leadership functions this book can provide a nice framework to go about it. while clearly most focused on exec it can be relavent to a department leadership group as well.

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    Nate NY 07-29-17
    Nate NY 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Resource on Organizational Health"
    If you could sum up The Advantage in three words, what would they be?

    Direct, concise, relevant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Advantage?

    His ability to target leaders and place the onus on them. He repeatedly references the influence a leader has in influencing organizational health, which I know can be easy to forget when it's not deliberately practiced while building your own leadership foundation and skills.


    What about Patrick Lencioni’s performance did you like?

    He wrote the book, he read it, and he gets his point across in a way that almost sounds conversational. It's very easy to listen to this book. I love this, especially after listening to several audiobooks where the narrator droned on (and to think - some of those audiobooks' narrators are lauded for their delivery).


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

    No specific part of the book moved me. It's a quick listen/read, so I have to default to saying that the book as a whole moved me and started to cause me to think more proactively about the way I lead. I appreciate this conciseness, and I think this will be a book I listen to multiple times for the sake of refreshing my memory.


    Any additional comments?

    We easily forget the basics. This book helps draw us into some of those and gives guidance for how to build off of them. Lencioni manages to keep this book concise by referencing skills or methods for enhancing organizational health and leaving the reader/listener to do their homework and learn about them for themselves (that is, he references the fact that he is not an all-encompassing expert and that this book is not meant to answer every question). If you want a book that has everything in one place - this is not that book. But if you want a book that helps you build up momentum towards enhancing your leadership, this is a great place to start.

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    Augustine Thomas MI 07-10-17
    Augustine Thomas MI 07-10-17
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    "one of the best books on leadership"

    this is quite frankly one of the best leadership books I have ever read. And the audiobook is outstanding, read by the author.

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    Aaron 06-15-17
    Aaron 06-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant summary of good management"

    I recommend reading his other books first. This book ties them together into the "big picture"

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    Lisa Moore 06-10-17
    Lisa Moore 06-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "On It"

    This is a very useful text chocked full of action items I will use!! Patrick Lencioni never disappoints!

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    Christian 06-05-17
    Christian 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Compilation"

    Has a lot of info summarized and concentrated on leadership team developement and organizational health. Will likely listen to this one again.

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    P. George Elsbett 05-23-17
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    "Fantastisch"

    I found the 6 dimensions of organizational health/clarity especially helpful, the idea that the leadership team's greatest contribution will be focusing on these areas and learn to say no to things that distract them from this primordial task. I've read and heard a lot on leadership, this book ranks among the best I've come across. Thank you!

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    "Great book"

    Provides a roadmap of: creating cohesive leadership teams, identifying values/vision/mission, define goals, translate into a plan and how to monitor progress through effective communication/cooperation.

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  • Sparkly Sal
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    "A playbook for executives"

    This is a simple and straightforward book on how to lead a company to its most effectively functioning state.

    In a similar way to Stephen Covey's 7 Habits guide to being successful as a person, The Advantage points out in a direct but unpatronising way exactly what the most important things are when it comes to shaping up an organisation and improving its 'health'.

    Signs of unhealthy organisations can be seen everywhere - on the TV and in newspapers as well as in committees and meeting rooms and by the water cooler. Too much email, bureaucracy and poor meetings that sap engagement and inconsistent, unprincipled leadership that sets a poor example and fails to inspire anyone to give their best performance.

    If you run an organisation - large or small - I recommend this book to you.

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    "Full of useful practice and theory"

    I agree with the theory and will use the practical advices. It was interesting from the beginning ti the end.

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