Have you heard about Patrick Lencioni’s new book The Advantage? Lencioni has written books on leadership, building teams, and, everyone’s favorite, Death by Meetings. In The Advantage, he writes about organizational health and how leaders can tap into the intelligence and expertise currently in their organizations. He describes it as simple and straightforward, yet critical to making improvements in the modern business world.
Lencioni theorizes that a healthy organization should have minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good employees. He feels that organizations focus too much on marketing, strategy, and technology to be successful.
Lencioni describes four disciplines of a healthy organization: 1) Build a Cohesive Leadership Team, 2) Create Clarity, 3) Overcommunicate Clarity, 4) Reinforce Clarity. The Advantage contains a series of specific questions for leaders to ask themselves about their organization’s clarity. And, he provides helpful checklists. Also included in The Advantage is a good review of the steps toward building a cohesive team. If you have not read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this is another chance to read his model of team development.
As usual, Lencioni adds many colorful stories from leading organizations where he has researched or consulted. Check out this and other Lencioni titles in the MSEC Library.