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The Advantage

The Advantage

Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

Book - 2012
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"There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni's first non-fiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health--complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation's leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way--one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2012
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780470941522
Call Number: 658.4 LENCIONI


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JCLJenniferM Jun 12, 2013

Really great business book that reminds us to focus on the basics in order to have a healthy organization!

Cdnbookworm Feb 24, 2013

The Globe and Mail said this was one of the top business books of 2012, and since I am interested in continuously improving our organizational health, I was interested.
Lencioni lays out the process clearly here, giving short examples where appropriate and referring to his own experiences, good and bad. The process uses a mode with four disciplines, each building on the one before. They are: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team; Create Clarity; Overcommunicate Clarity; and Reinforce Clarity. Interestingly, we had already been doing some of the steps in each discipline at my work, and have been particularly finding ourselves beginning to gel as a management team. I took copious notes while reading and shared a detailed summary with the team, hoping to initiate discussion. The book also includes a great chapter on meetings, some of which I can definitely use (harder in an environment such as mine where there is shift work). In short, I can definitely see why this made the top ten and look forward to applying the things I learned from it.

Dec 26, 2012

The ideas and concept are good but the presentation
is not a compelling read. He spends 95% of print time
Stating the obvious, confirming he has stated the obvious,
showing how others do not get the obvious, showing that they are misguided
on what the obvious means, clarifying what the obvious means,
and declaring that success will be found
by “ the willingness of people to abandon their pride and their fear,
to sacrifice their egos for the collective good of the team.......”
Which to me is obvious.
His books become best-sellers so he must be a good read
for those who enjoy this format,
I just find it too slow, as so much time is spent in the starting gate
where the author thinks we need to be convinced of the need to address the obvious.


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