The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerfulthan any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarteremployees? No, New York Times best-selling author, PatrickLencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successfulcompanies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they knowand how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. Inthis book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many ...

Details The Advantage

TitleThe Advantage
Release DateMar 13th, 2012
GenreBusiness, Leadership, Nonfiction, Management, Buisness

Reviews The Advantage

  • Jeff
    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 ...
  • Gabriela
    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.
  • 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. Установ...
  • Ray Bliss
    The Advantage by Patrick LencioniThe 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...
  • Tung
    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 ...
  • Joya Cousin
    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 ...
  • Erin Weigel
    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...
  • Egia Chaparyan
    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 дове...
  • John
    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 ...
  • David
    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, t...
  • Szymon Kulec
    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 bet...
  • David Wreesman
    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
    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
    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
    Simple ideas organised and communicated in an easy to read. Could have been a bit more concise.
  • Omid Milanifard
    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
    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.
  • 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.
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  • Kristeen
    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...
  • David Shelton
    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 ...
  • Nicholas Owen
    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
    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 f...
  • Chris
    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 puttin...
  • Jonathan McIntosh
    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 o...
  • Sherri
    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 ...
  • Annie
    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 will probably not get to practice the first discipline of building a cohesive team (buil...