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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.

©2012 Patrick Lencioni (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc

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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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Brilliant

This is one of my favourite books. I love the simplicity but clarity of message that can be applied to any organisation.

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Test of seriousness

The four qudrant of build cohesive team, create clarity ( six cascades ) , over communicate clarity and reinforce clarity will make any organization successful.

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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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  • ALWALEED
  • 07-05-15

Advantage

This book changed the way I think about managing my companies and let me understand a lot of staff's behavior that run through my companies for a long time and I have started to eliminate it after reading this book

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 09-05-14

Good book for leaders of an organization

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.

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  • Drake Jarman
  • 17-11-15

hits a little too close to home!

Loved the author's ability to boil down hard topics for organizational health. A must read!

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  • Nancy
  • 31-12-18

Worth a listen

As a business owner, I search for helpful business books and this one was OK. If I can glean anything I won't return a business book, so this one will stay in my library. It is hard to beat Simon Sinek's Leaders Eat Last which sets the bar high. Patrick Lencioni gave reminders that you need not be afraid to repeat yourself often regarding the core cultural values. Don't worry about offending people with repetition, you won't, which is a good point. I love that he feels mission statements are mostly silly platitudes. Core cultural values are what matter most.

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  • Optimize the Balance
  • 13-05-12

More please

What did you love best about The Advantage?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The message.

What about Patrick Lencioni???s performance did you like?

His passion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How leadership should be executed.

Any additional comments?

Wish it had a fable. Patrick's fables are fun and comprehendible.

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  • Philips Adeniyi
  • 14-08-19

Great

Great information on organizational health and culture and the impact on teams and businesses including what to do to fix it.

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  • Rob Christeson
  • 08-06-15

Feels like it's for VPs

It feels like it was written for vice presidents, but could be applicable at any level.

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  • M
  • 30-04-12

Good book - bad choice for audio book

I really liked it - but the flaw in my plan is that I cannot highlight an audio book or make notes in the margins!!

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  • GJB
  • 11-08-15

A little disappointed...

This is an summary/alignment of the other books/fables Patrick Lencioni has written. For the first time reader the individual books are more useful.

This books is useful to summarize and implement Patrick's teachings. I bought the audiobook and wish I'd just got the book to refer to.

The audiobook of the fables are great to listen to driving places...especially long distance.

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  • Jarrod Kelly
  • 29-06-21

Great book

Had very interesting things that really helped and opened me up to different thinking . Some things we have implemented but I understand it more now