Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. The Advantage, Patrick 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.
Patrick M. Lencioni is founder and president of The TableGroup, a management consulting firm specializing in organizationalhealth and executive team development. As a consultant and keynotespeaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives inorganizations ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-size companies tostart-ups and nonprofits. Lencioni is the author of nine businessbooks with over three million copies sold worldwide.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four boys.
Consulting executive Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team) has an answer for floundering businesses—aim for organizational health. In other words, businesses that are whole, consistent, and complete, with complementary management, operations, strategy, and culture. Today, the vast majority of organizations have more than enough intelligence, experience, and knowledge to be successful. Organizational health is neither sexy nor quantifiable, which is why more people don't take advantage. However, improved health will not only create a competitive advantage and better bottom line, it will boost morale. Lencioni covers four steps to health: build a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, overcommunicate clarity, and reinforce clarity. Through examples of his own experiences and others', he addresses the behaviors of a cohesive team, peer-to-peer accountability, office politics and bureaucracy and strategy, and how all organizations should strive to make people's lives better. This smart, pithy, and practical guide is a must-read for executives and other businesspeople who need to get their proverbial ducks back in a row. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, 1/16/12)
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