The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage

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...

Details The Advantage

TitleThe Advantage
Release DateMar 13th, 2012
Number of pages240 pages
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 ...
  • 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...
  • Joya Martin 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 ...
  • Gabriela
    4 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jamey Maze
    Most, if not all, of this material is covered in other Lencioni books. This one is like a concentrated digest of the theory in all his other books. Even though his focus is on executives and executive leadership teams, I think this material applies to all levels of an organization and even to our personal lives. This idea of organizational health is so important. I've been in the workforce now for over 30 years and I've seen companies waste hundr...
  • Egor 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...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Anyone in a position of influence or hoping to be in a position of influence should read this book. Whether you are in a non-profit context, a church, a start-up or in big business this is magnificently useful and practical. Lencioni manages to boil down hard concepts into simple and concrete filter questions that will guide you to better organizational health. He does a brilliant job of exemplifying why this health, more than anything else, will...
  • Kevin Orth
    It is refreshing to read a book about business leadership that takes a deep, long view of productivity, creativity, and organizational health. The old 'tried and true' method of top-down, dictatorial, militant leadership does not work with the contemporary workforce. This paths a way for a thoroughly healthier, more productive, long-lived organization.
  • Trevor Price
    I'm not an executive, so some of the ideas presented here don't directly apply to me, but still, there's lots of good discussion about how healthy organizations (businesses, churches, non-profits) work, from hiring processes, meetings, promotions, internal communications, etc.It's persuasively and reabably presented throughout.
  • Taisia Sargsyan
    "Хочешь ускориться - сбрось скорость".Это очень, о-ч-е-н-ь! Очень интересно, очень актуально, очень точно, очень универсально! Книга как руководство к эксплуатации, в которой описываются практические советы по оздоровлению организации. Они настоль...
  • Mauro Botelho
    Another great book by Patrick Lencioni. In this book he reviews the techniques he presented in his previous books and put them all together. This is one book I will probably re-read to capture a mind map.
  • Kris Springer
    Thoughtful and seemingly common sense, this management book focuses on company and organization leadership teams. Not too long a read, Lencioni offers good examples of businesses who have thrived or not , and why. He takes a caring, encouraging tone. Worthwhile reading.
  • Ircel
    Great book. Pulls all of Lencioni's ideas about organizational health together in one place.
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  • Al
    The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, Patrick LencioniCentral Truths:• Organizational health is about integrity. An organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent, and complete when its management, operations, strategy, and culture fit together and make sense.• Any organization that wants to maximize its success must come to embody two basic qualities: it must be smart (good at classic fundamentals...
  • Stacy Moroz
    There is so much great stuff in this book. I have so many highlights. Here are just a few:Highlights The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.An organization has integrity—is healthy—when it is whole, consistent, and complete, that is, when its management, operations, strategy, and culture fit together ...
  • Olli Sorje
    Nice book about how to improve effectiveness of leadership teams. To describe mindset of this book in Frederic Laloux's colors the book has strong roots in Orange but is starting to move sight towards Green.
  • Karen
    Organizations will reflect the health of the leaders, either direction. We all have a responsibility to lead ourselves well, and personal growth is a constant. While on that journey we need to have practical steps to lead others. Love the leadership principles in this book!
  • Christopher Anderson
    This was good. Much of it was a summary of other books Lencioni has written and it got a little more prescriptive. I went through it quickly and will likely read it again in a little bit to make sure it sinks in.
  • Christine Keegan
    I thought this was a great book. Since reading it, I've taken many of its concepts and principles and applied them to building a stronger team in my workplace. The results have been evident and favorable. I definitely recommend this work.