The Advantage

The Advantage

Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

Book - 2012 | First edition
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The founder of The Table Group consulting firm and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team argues that organizational health is the most important factor in determining success, sharing anecdotal examples that demonstrate the power of non-political, cohesive operations and consistent management.
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780470941522
0470941529
Characteristics: xvii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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JCLJenniferM Jun 12, 2013

Really great business book that reminds us to focus on the basics in order to have a healthy organization!

Cdnbookworm Feb 24, 2013

The Globe and Mail said this was one of the top business books of 2012, and since I am interested in continuously improving our organizational health, I was interested.
Lencioni lays out the process clearly here, giving short examples where appropriate and referring to his own experiences, good and bad. The process uses a mode with four disciplines, each building on the one before. They are: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team; Create Clarity; Overcommunicate Clarity; and Reinforce Clarity. Interestingly, we had already been doing some of the steps in each discipline at my work, and have been particularly finding ourselves beginning to gel as a management team. I took copious notes while reading and shared a detailed summary with the team, hoping to initiate discussion. The book also includes a great chapter on meetings, some of which I can definitely use (harder in an environment such as mine where there is shift work). In short, I can definitely see why this made the top ten and look forward to applying the things I learned from it.

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eplmaybelle
Dec 26, 2012

The ideas and concept are good but the presentation
is not a compelling read. He spends 95% of print time
Stating the obvious, confirming he has stated the obvious,
showing how others do not get the obvious, showing that they are misguided
on what the obvious means, clarifying what the obvious means,
and declaring that success will be found
by “ the willingness of people to abandon their pride and their fear,
to sacrifice their egos for the collective good of the team.......”
Which to me is obvious.
His books become best-sellers so he must be a good read
for those who enjoy this format,
I just find it too slow, as so much time is spent in the starting gate
where the author thinks we need to be convinced of the need to address the obvious.

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