The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business


If dysfunction is the number one reason that smart companies fail, wouldn't mastering its opposite be the best way to outperform even your mightiest rivals?

In The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni argues that organizational health Ïwill surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.

It's the reason why so many humble underdogs are outperforming some of today's bigger, sexier companies who respond to every deepening of the downturn by investing in more innovation, talent, strategy and analysis instead of the discipline that will most impact their competitiveness.

What is organizational health?åÊ

An organization is healthy when it's whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations, strategy and culture fit together and make sense. You know you have it when you have minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good employees. How do you achieve it? It's a constant, nonlinear and messy process that Lencioni has broken down into four key disciplines:

  1. Building a Cohesive Leadership Team
  2. Creating Clarity
  3. Over-communicating Clarity
  4. Reinforcing Clarity (in every process, policy and program that involves your people)

Readers will learn how to master these disciplines by overcoming the wuss factor, developing a true culture of peer accountability, arriving at firm commitments after a meeting, aligning an entire organization around one top priority, and much more. Dysfunctional families and dysfunctional organizations have much in common and so do their healthy opposites.

Like building a strong marriage or family, achieving organizational health is a constantly challenging process requiring a strong discipline and focus that Lencioni will explain how to maintain on an ongoing basis. Rigor is required, but Lencioni‰۪s no-nonsense approach makes the process clear and simple.

"A must-read for all business people who want to get their proverbial ducks back in a row." Publishers Weekly

Author: Patrick Lencioni

Pages: 240 pages

ISBN: 9780470941522