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.
Patrick M. Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational health and executive team development. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-size companies to start-ups and nonprofits. Lencioni is the author of nine business books with over three million copies sold worldwide. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four boys.
Introduction xv The Case for Organizational Health 1 The Four Disciplines Model 15 Discipline 1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team 19 Discipline 2: Create Clarity 73 Discipline 3: Overcommunicate Clarity 141 Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity 153 The Centrality of Great Meetings 173 Seizing the Advantage 189 Checklist for Organizational Health 195 More Resources 199 Notes 201 Acknowledgments 203 About the Author 205 Index 207