The Advantage

by Patrick Lencioni © 2012

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni builds further on the Five Dysfunctions of a Team model and expands its’ agenda to promote organisational health as the greatest competitive advantage available to any company that chooses to focus on becoming healthier and smarter.

The Advantage begins by identifying the three main biases that prevent organisational health being even on the agenda for many businesses. For many leaders, organisational health is not complex and therefore cannot be trusted. Secondly, many CEO’s and managers are addicted to adrenaline of dealing with day to day activities while critical issues, that do not appear urgent, remain as serious obstacles to success. Finally, organisational health, while real and powerful, is hard to quantify. It is not easily measured and therefore does seem real or tangible. Because it cannot be easily identified, many leaders find its importance difficult to accept.

The Advantage then sets about outlining its’ model for organisational health, that provide practical and actionable tools for transforming organisations and their teams. The greatest achievement of this model is that its’ simple and commonsense strategies can be adopted by any group with the intention to be serious and committed to this enterprise. It is achievable and the many case studies in the book are testament to its power.

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