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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 many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. 

Simply put, 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. 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. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way - one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.

©2012 Patrick Lencioni (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, 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

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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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  • Philips Adeniyi
  • 2019-08-14

Great

Great information on organizational health and culture and the impact on teams and businesses including what to do to fix it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Madmork
  • 2020-12-18

required reading for leaders

one the most comprehensive and useful management books I've read in quite some time. applies to any type of organization whether you're a start-up, public company or non profit. essential Patrick Mork founder & CEO @goleap.cl ex googler

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  • Jubinville Raymond
  • 2020-03-24

Excellent... et dans le fond et dans la forme

Celui qui veut être un chef avec un authentique succès a intérêt à lire et mettre en œuvre les conseils de ce livre. Merci à l’auteur et à toute son équipe !

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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.