The Advantage

Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

by Patrick Lencioni

Number of pages: 240

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

BBB Library: Management

ISBN: 9780470941522



About the Author

Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping leaders improve their organizations’ health.

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Editorial Review

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. 

Book Reviews

"Whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the pastor of a medium-size church, or the president of a small volunteer group, Lencioni’s The Advantageis your road map to both the ins and outs of what healthy organizations do and the costly mistakes that unhealthy organizations make." Work Place Psychology

"Patrick Lencioni’s book,The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, is a departure from his typical style of leadership fables. In this book, Lencioni has created a manifesto of sorts, drawing on the major lessons, themes, and tools found in hisprevious works." Jamie Munson

"Patrick Lencioni’s book,The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, is a departure from his typical style of leadership fables. In this book, Lencioni has created a manifesto of sorts, drawing on the major lessons, themes, and tools found in hisprevious works." Jamie Munson

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An organization cannot be healthy if the people who are chartered with running it are not behaviorally cohesive in five fundamental ways.

In any kind of organization, dysfunction and lack of cohesion at the top inevitably lead to a lack of health throughout.

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