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.
Consulting executive Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team) has an answer for floundering businesses aim for organizational health. In other words, businesses that are whole, consistent, and complete, with complementary management, operations, strategy, and culture. Today, the vast majority of organizations have more than enough intelligence, experience, and knowledge to be successful. Organizational health is neither sexy nor quantifiable, which is why more people don't take advantage. However, improved health will not only create a competitive advantage and better bottom line, it will boost morale. Lencioni covers four steps to health: build a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, overcommunicate clarity, and reinforce clarity. Through examples of his own experiences and others', he addresses the behaviors of a cohesive team, peer-to-peer accountability, office politics and bureaucracy and strategy, and how all organizations should strive to make people's lives better. This smart, pithy, and practical guide is a must-read for executives and other businesspeople who need to get their proverbial ducks back in a row.
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Permanently changed my way of thinking about leadership development. Outstanding read that completely redefines how one should view, act, and ponder on leading other people. Have a boss that is a terrible leader? Give them this book. Have a boss that is a great leader? Give them this book. All can learn something new regardless of their leadership style, experience, ability, and opinion.
Inspirational - even to a pastor!
This is so incredibly timely for our Midwestern large church. Some of Patrick's comments were encouraging because we had already implemented them in our leadership meetings (it made me feel kinda smart!). Many of his comments reminded me of the areas we must strengthen to reach the potential of being a presentable bride for our Savior Jesus Christ. I was greatly inspired of the calling that our organization has to make this world a better place. I'm actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow!
The first 20 pages are reviews and publishing info? Wow. Guess the sample is a sample of filler material.