A quick check of Amazon.com will reveal that the past decade has seen a proliferation of business books that use fiction to teach and reinforce the author’s lessons. In the realm of the “business fable,” Patrick Lencioni can be considered the master of the medium. From the immensely popular The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to the groundbreaking Silos, Politics and Turf Wars and the introspective Getting Naked, Lencioni repeatedly produced material that was as entertaining as it was informative. What executives may not know is that during the course of the past 15 years, Lencioni was unknowingly charting a course toward a business concept that would exceed the medium he helped pioneer. The result is Lencioni’s new book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. The Soundview Executive Book Summary is now available for download in multiple digital formats.
In an interview with Soundview, Lencioni said the following about the book’s genesis:
This book is really the compilation of everything I’ve been working on in the last 15 years. My first tendency was to think, “How do we make this one a fable?” But I think the breadth of what I’m covering here is so great that a fable would have ended up the length of War and Peace. I think it was time for me to write a more traditional book that really put together the entire model in one place. It was hard at times because I love creating characters to bring the ideas to life, but I think it was the right decision.
Readers will agree with Lencioni’s decision. The Advantage provides four disciplines to help companies understand and achieve organizational health. While it would have been tempting to read a narrative about a troubled executive who finds his or her way to enlightenment about the importance of organizational health, it is far more practical to read Lencioni’s numerous case studies and supporting examples.
Any executive who cringes at the mention of the word “health” needs to read The Advantage. One of the most important points made by Lencioni is that many companies fail to gain the benefits of organizational health because their leaders feel that the idea is beneath them. When executives discover Lencioni’s three biases that prevent leaders from harnessing the power of the principles of organizational health, there may be more than a few ashen faces. This pain should be temporary because The Advantage offers a powerful transformation process that, though arduous, can lead executives and their companies to greatness.
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