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The Advantage

Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
Written by: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: Patrick Lencioni
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy, and technology, Lencioni demonstrates that there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them. Instead of trying to become smarter, he asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have.

The author of numerous best-selling business fables including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting, Lencioni here draws upon his 20 years of writing, field research, and executive consulting to some of the world’s leading organizations. He combines real-world stories and anecdotes with practical, actionable advice to create a work that is at once a great read and an invaluable, hands-on tool. The result is, without a doubt, Lencioni’s most comprehensive, significant, and essential work to date.

©2012 Patrick Lencioni (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • ALWALEED
  • 2015-05-07

Advantage

This book changed the way I think about managing my companies and let me understand a lot of staff's behavior that run through my companies for a long time and I have started to eliminate it after reading this book

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2014-05-09

Good book for leaders of an organization

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 would not even get to practice the first discipline of building a cohesive team (build trust, work through conflicts, commit to decisions, be accountable, and focus on results). The other three disciplines really need to come the top leadership of the organization - create clarity in purpose and direction of the organization, over communicate that message, and reinforce that message.

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  • Drake Jarman
  • 2015-11-17

hits a little too close to home!

Loved the author's ability to boil down hard topics for organizational health. A must read!

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  • Optimize the Balance
  • 2012-05-13

More please

What did you love best about The Advantage?

I have read all Patrick Lencioni's books twice, except for this one because it only came out in March. I plan to read it again within a year. I liked his book because it combined content from all his books. It is almost a how to lead and run a company. Though I wish it had a fable. By the time I got to the end of the book I wanted to read it again. So there was only initial disappointment that it did not have a fable.

What did you like best about this story?

The message.

What about Patrick Lencioni???s performance did you like?

His passion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How leadership should be executed.

Any additional comments?

Wish it had a fable. Patrick's fables are fun and comprehendible.

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  • Nancy
  • 2018-12-31

Worth a listen

As a business owner, I search for helpful business books and this one was OK. If I can glean anything I won't return a business book, so this one will stay in my library. It is hard to beat Simon Sinek's Leaders Eat Last which sets the bar high. Patrick Lencioni gave reminders that you need not be afraid to repeat yourself often regarding the core cultural values. Don't worry about offending people with repetition, you won't, which is a good point. I love that he feels mission statements are mostly silly platitudes. Core cultural values are what matter most.

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  • GJB
  • 2015-08-11

A little disappointed...

This is an summary/alignment of the other books/fables Patrick Lencioni has written. For the first time reader the individual books are more useful.

This books is useful to summarize and implement Patrick's teachings. I bought the audiobook and wish I'd just got the book to refer to.

The audiobook of the fables are great to listen to driving places...especially long distance.

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  • Rob Christeson
  • 2015-06-08

Feels like it's for VPs

It feels like it was written for vice presidents, but could be applicable at any level.

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  • M
  • 2012-04-30

Good book - bad choice for audio book

I really liked it - but the flaw in my plan is that I cannot highlight an audio book or make notes in the margins!!

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  • Carlos Urrutia
  • 2019-03-16

Good book

The book was very interesting and insightful. I enjoyed listening to Patrick. Very nice tone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-03

If you want to achieve the best!

This is by far the best bopk on how to manage your company in a shining diamond! It's all about us, humans.

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  • Damien Thouvenin
  • 2017-09-09

Un must pour tous les dirigeants

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Patrick Lencioni founit un modèle à la fois très simple et très puissant pour aligner son équipe et son organisation : construire une équipe soudée, expliciter ce qui est critique, sur-communiquer et renforcer ce qui a été explicité. Pour chaque partie il donne des exercices, des modèles et des exemples tirés de son expérience de consultants qui rendent l'ensemble très clair et applicable.

Qu'avez-vous aimé de la performance de Patrick Lencioni ?

Je préfère souvent les livres lus par leur auteur car ceux-ci mettent mieux en évidence, par leur ton, la structure et les éléments importants de leur texte. Patrick Lencioni ne fait pas eception à cette règle mais semble en plus posséder une vraie maitrise de son flow et de son ton. La lecture est très fluide et agréable. L'accent américain n'est pas très prononcé et, du coup, très compréhensible.

Si vous faisiez une adaptation de ce livre audio au cinéma, quel en serait le slogan ?

4 disciplines et 6 questions pour aligner son codir et son entreprise

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Ce livre m'a tellement plut que je l'ai écouté 2 fois de suite pour reprendre en notes tout ce qui m'avait échappé à la première écoute.