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The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

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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 healt ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Jossey-Bass (first published 2012)
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Gabriela
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars because I'm rating it as it is: a detailed checklist on how to build a cohesive team, set goals, communicate within the organization, have effective meetings, and so on (otherwise, I'd give it a 2 for an awful writing style, rushed last part and general consultant patronizing feel). It is like listening to a person you don't like at all, and yet knowing that there's some sense and truth in what he says. I'm focusing on the latter.
Jeff
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-book-list
Great book. Some takeaways:

"The seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre or unsuccessful ones has little, if anything, to do with what they know or how smart they are; it has everything to do with how healthy they are. An organization that is healthy will inevitably get smarter over time. That's because people in a healthy organization, beginning with the leaders, learn from one another, identify critical issues, and recover quickly from mistakes."

There are six critical ques
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Denis Vasilev
Отличная книга по оргкультуре. В рекомендуемые для менеджеров
Федор Кривов
Создать сплоченную команду руководителей - обрести ясность - распространить ясность - усилить ясность.
Команда руководителей – это малая группа людей, которые несут коллективную ответственность за достижение общих целей организации.
1. Установить доверие. Доверие, основанное на уязвимости. Когда каждый знает, что в команде все откровенны и никто не прячет свои слабости или ошибки, то возникает глубокое, необыкновенное доверие. Упражнение «рассказ о моей жизни». CEO показывает пример. Профилировани
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Ray Bliss
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-general
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage is about organizational health improvement. The four disciplines are building a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, over communicate clarity and reinforce clarity. That might not sound like much to you, but it’s everything. Having read almost all of Patrick Lencioni’s books, this is the first one I read that was not a parable. That made it a little difficult to start really getting into but once I reached page 20 I was hooked. What he presents
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Tung
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Disclaimer: I absolutely detest business books. For me, they are self-help books (which I also detest) for monolithic organizations. I don’t care about the habits of leaders; I don’t care about the dysfunctions of teams; I don’t care about strategy or process improvements. I read for good prose (which all business books lack), and I read for good stories (also, which business books lack). Every business book I’ve ever read I read because I was forced to read them; reading this book was for the s ...more
Joya Cousin
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This easy-to-read leadership handbook is Patrick Lencioni's follow up effort to his earlier and very effectively presented business fables. The subtitle - why organizational health trumps everything else in business - is a theme that resonates with me, and would with any manager who knows what attempting to lead in a dysfunctional organizational feels like. Nothing gets done until you fix the core issues.

Lencioni presents the deceptively simple 4 disciplines model, which is centered on building
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Egia Chaparyan
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Настольная книга для любого руководителя, да и каждого человека, работающего в команде. Читать и применять. Почему-то зачастую команды рассматриваются, как набор людей с определенными навыками, хотя это та же семья, основой которой является доверие. Мы проводим на работе больше времени, чем где-либо еще, наши коллеги - это больше, чем люди, выполняющие свои рабочие задачи. Здоровая команда - основа не только процветания бизнеса, но и личного комфорта и счастья.

Рекомендую к прочтению: становитес
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John
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Lencioni is one of my favorite business leaders to learn from. "The Advantage" might pack the most punch in terms of the advice Lencioni offers, but being a personal fan of his fable style, it was my least favorite book of his to read. That isn't because it is poorly written, it is just written in a typical business style.

In "The Advantage," Lencioni asks the question: what is the most important thing a business can do? The answer to that isn't found in an organization's strategy, intelligence,
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David
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, leadership
My pastor had all the team leaders at our church read this book. Leadership organization and business books are not usually my cup of tea, though they can be quite helpful. This one was great! I see lots of lessons and principles in here to use in my full-time ministry as well as my volunteer work at my church. It is great for ministry leaders, but is not faith based. Actually, it barely mentions churches at all. So if you're a business leader, this book would be great for you too. Basically, an ...more
Szymon Kulec
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book starts in an unfortunate "I'm the expert, let me share my stories supporting my theories" way. Recently, whenever I read a book like this, I get a rash. Fortunately, beside patting on his own back, author delivers value.

The value delivered in this book, would create a perfect mix with "E-Myth Revisited". This one is all about creating a clear mission statement for the company, dividing between strategy and tactics, making the company better. One could argue that some arguments and appro
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David Wreesman
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I had read one of Lencioni’s other works—5 Disfunctions of a Team—and thoroughly enjoyed it. This one was pretty dry and underwhelming. I actually really resonate with his thesis regarding the importance of organizational health. I just found myself wanting more—more anecdotes, more insights, more something.
Brandy
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great outline of how to structure a healthy organization. Though there are many great examples and tips, it is not an instruction manual... just an excellent first step toward creating a strong healthy organization.
Romans Karpelcevs
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Great book, short and very useful. Rhymes a lot with The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (and probably with other books of his), but isn't too repetitive to be boring.
Will definitely re-read and will start by implementing some of the things in the small(-er) team, not execs.
Swaroop
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple ideas organised and communicated in an easy to read. Could have been a bit more concise.
Omid Milanifard
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Simple but not easy. If you are an organizational leader or manager, I strongly suggest this book.
Mike Arvela
3,5 stars or so. Easy to agree with, yet to a large degree so general that it’s a bit easy to dismiss as ”just another business book that contains some really good advice nobody takes.” So, I guess the question would be, how to make the stuff happen in practice. Nice and compact enough.
Max Lapin
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A serious book. Kind of unusual for Lencioni to switch from fables to academic style. Nevertheless, I liked it though somewhat less than others. Feels a bit synthetic as if Patrick aimed for a more mature readers in a more crowded genre.
Paul Giertz
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be a must read for all executives and senior managers.
Gergely
It is a good and handy book, could be an actual handbook in a lot of cases. It still leaves me wanting something, just not sure what. Maybe that's inherent in topics when the ball is now in the reader's court, but maybe something more than that. I'm glad I read it, while not sure how much practical use this advice will see.
Nithin Thompson
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Check out my review here:
http://www.sojournintoexile.com/thead...
Kristeen
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Very easy reading, very easy concepts. But then love is an easy concept, but hard to get right. Creating a healthy workplace is hard work with simple, even common sense steps to take to get there. I'm sure many readers will react with a "duh" followed by "oh wait, I don't really do that. I totally neglected that."

While this is a book about leadership I couldn't help but read it as someone who left a job because of a lack of leadership. It helped me shape a new story for my experience at the U.
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Rusty Fulling
June 2012 - Was a little disappointing after reading his other books that were fable style. This was definitely a more "how to" traditional approach of many business writers. While it is a good stand alone business management book - don't compare it to his previous writings.
Summary:
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
...more
David Shelton
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Advantage
The Advantage is a concise, helpful book which focuses on helping organizations to function effectively. The thesis of the book is that the single greatest advantage that any company can achieve is organizational health (Pg 1). For this reason it is the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage that currently exists in the market place, even above technical knowledge and innovation (Pg 3). The book is made up 4 disciplines of a healthy organization as well as a
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Nicholas Owen
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Patrick's insight and this book is packed. My only problem with this book is that I have listen to him speak so many times so a lot of the information has been repeated. This was my first time reading one of his non fables and I would have to recommend them over the advantage. He really drive home how important it is to have clearly defined objectives.
Summer Miller
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
First off, I'm a huge Patrick Lencioni fan. I recently read The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, and this book reads differently than his typical writing, in that it's not written in fable format. Being a fan of his typical style, I still found this book very engaging, and extremely thought provoking. It actually builds upon concepts and principles in his other books, and includes so many great approaches for leaders.

When I read any of Lencioni's books, I
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Chris
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME read. One of the best books I've read on leadership, management, and just generally how to MANAGE PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS. Very simple, yet profound ideas and practices that are not that hard to immediately put into practice. Reading this convicted me even more how important leadership and organizational behavior/culture issues are - but more importantly helped put some "meat on the bones" for me, so to say. Helped me to realize, by putting context to many real-life organizational beh ...more
Jonathan McIntosh
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
More pastors and church planters should read this book. Simple and helpful. Form a healthy team. Know why your organization (or church) exists. Let those reasons for existence inform every decision you make. Over communicate those reasons and values to every one in your org.

Boom. Simple... but why do we often ignore doing the tasks to build organizational health?

I think most pastors will be surprised that there are gospel answers at the bottom of organizational disease. Fear of man and lack of
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Erin Weigel
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in organizational health, psychology, and leadership, this is a nice, quick primer. I enjoy that it's a *very* fast read, with clear action points you can immediately put into place at your organization.

The thing I find less useful is that it's very geared toward C-suite executives. I have little chance of influencing how they organize and relate with one another. So, even if you do the "right and healthy things" at your spot in the org, I'm not convinced it will be useful u
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Sherri
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Suggested reading from work, this is not what I'd typically pick up on my own. It is a easy to read book, with simple concepts and steps if little evidence to back up Lencioni's premise.

The author admits measuring organizational health, how well a company functions within, is difficult and can't cite numbers or other data that managers like to see. He doesn't mention the long-term effects, only to say things improved in corporation x.

His ideas are simple and seem almost naive. I had a hard tim
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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, consultant and founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations become healthy. Lencioni’s ideas around leadership, teamwork and employee engagement have impacted organizations around the globe. His books have sold nearly three million copies worldwide.

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