Patrick Lencioni is a bestselling author and consultant with dozens of CEOs and their executive teams. He is the author of the best-seller “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and in his latest work, “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business”, he makes an overwhelming case that organizational health will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. Drawing on his extensive consulting experience and reaffirming many of the themes cultivated in his other books, he presents important, actionable steps to achieving long-term, sustainable success.
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. The Advantage provides readers with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health.
He affirms that in this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. He provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way that maximizes human potential while aligning the organization around two general principles:
- Build a Cohesive Leadership Team: three to ten people that have co-created a trusting relationship in which they can show their vulnerability and with full accountability to one another, and whose meetings end with clear-cut actions around meaningful decisions.
- Build, Communicate and Overcommunicate Clarity: regarding:
why we exist
how we behave
what we do
how we will succeed
what is important right now, and
who is to do what.
Sounds simple! It’s not that simple but it is much less complicated and far more effective when we scratch what itches with our programs of training, coaching and facilitation.