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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Mar 2012
  • Language: English
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This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni's bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy, and technology, Lencioni demonstrates that there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them. Instead of trying to become smarter, he asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have.

The author of numerous best-selling business fables including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting, Lencioni here draws upon his 20 years of writing, field research, and executive consulting to some of the world's leading organizations. He combines real-world stories and anecdotes with practical, actionable advice to create a work that is at once a great read and an invaluable, hands-on tool. The result is, without a doubt, Lencioni's most comprehensive, significant, and essential work to date.

©2012 Patrick Lencioni; (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good advice 26 Oct 2012
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This contained some quite good and useful advice. I did learn a few things from it.

They layout is a bit of a mess and considering the cost it does have a bit of a cheap feel to it. This hasn't affected the rating that I have given the book but it is somewhat irritating and sadly all too common from this publisher.

It is a quick and easy read and I thought that it was a lot better than most business books. It does make changing behaviour seem a lot easier than it is and it was a little light on specifics.

I do feel that `culture' is often exaggerated and that it is more of a symptom rather than a cause of success.

However despite these criticisms I did feel that I have gained some knowledge from reading this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Roxburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Anyone who has any interest in Management books has read or heard of Patrick Lencioni. He writes in a style that is very accessible with lots of anecdotes and stories to help make the point.

This book is no different and is very readable.

As he will state himself, most of it is actually just uncommon common sense.

There was definitely a lot to take out of it given I have just recently joined a growing charity in a Senior Management position. The only problem however, is that much of what he prescribes requires an outside person to really do. For example, he talks about being Vulnerable and suggest that senior managers sit round and talk about one anothers childhood as a starting point.

I am not sure how well a suggestion like that would go down in my organisation, which is a charity and where we actually know each other quite well, let alone in an organisation where you have only ever been work-colleagues and it's a more 'aggressive' culture.

But if you are in senior management then you will definitely get some good ideas - some of which you may well be able to implement without outside intervention. Whatever it is, this will make you think or re-think the accepted norms of management. And that can only be a good thing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars About setting mission statements and core values 12 Jan 2013
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This isn't the book I thought it was going to be. It's not about "organizational health" as the title says, it's about the operational health of the most senior tier management team and the actions of the CEO towards that team, with the successful key to both (according to the book) being a clear company mission statement and stated core values.

So the book is pretty much 100% about setting that mission statement and core values.

Yes, some of the observations are useful - such as how can you have friendliness in your values if the management team all routinely stab each other in the back? But it would be an extremely brave (foolish?) person that would stand-up and ask for a mission statement to be revised in light of that. The advice that all the management team should open their vulnerability to each other by discussing their childhoods is utterly bonkers for the UK public and third sector markets I work in.

I'll admit I was horrified when the author actually recommended firing high performing staff that aren't a good `cultural fit' to the values (page 170). Suggesting that the empire would fall if a single person didn't identically meet the cultural criteria. In the real world, having created your mission statement and values from this book, you'd now be firing your legal team and ICT team for starters, preferring someone who can really pitch that baseball...as opposed to having a degree in contract law.

(I'm not familiar with the author, but the book jacket blurb states he "specializes in Executive Team Development". So I'm guessing all this stuff about childhood and honesty is what he'd deliver in a closed 3-day team building session, and hasn't considered how it would fail to work as a 10 minute AOB agenda item for people already working 70 hour weeks. This would also explain why the book is so short - 200 pages of double line spacing, large font and wide spacing.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Board member should read this book 31 Aug 2012
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Clearly, there are some business leaders who are more progressive than others. In my company we have some modern people who understand the value of teamwork, integrated strategy and communication. We also have dinosaurs who think anything that does not involve deal-making is just HR rubbish. This book is going to be massively helpful to both. For sceptics, it will be refreshing because it studiously avoids the touchy-feely stuff. And for those who understand the benefits of organisational health, this book will still be full of useful tips.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
After eight bestselling business fables, Patrick Lencioni has written a book in which he gathers his most important insights from them in a single volume. However, as he explains in the Introduction, "The book is the result of an unpredictable journey, one that began when I was just a kid, probably eight or nine years old." (He was born in 1962.) It draws upon but almost expands upon those books and really should be judged on its own merits, not theirs. That said, I wish to add that this is not a "best of" book, per se. Those who read it need not have read any of its predecessors, although I hope they eventually do read a few.

First, Lencioni makes a case for organizational health, not because the value of organizational health is in doubt but, rather, because it is ignored. "This is a shame because organizational health is different." It seems reasonable to me that many (most?) executives take their company's health for granted just as they take their own health for granted, at least until....

Next, Lencioni introduces "The Four Disciplines Model" and devotes a separate chapter to each discipline. With appropriate modifications, this model can be of substantial value to leaders in any company, whatever its size and nature may be. "An organization does not become [and remain] healthy in a linear, tidy fashion. Like building a strong marriage or family, it's a messy process that involves doing things at once, and it must be maintained on an ongoing basis in order to be preserved. Still, that messy process can be broken down into four simple disciplines." They are best considered within the book's narrative, in context. Suffice to say now that both a company's health and an organization's health (be it a company, school, church, etc.) requires a team effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great principles, but rehashed!
If you've read the authors previous books then you pretty well know what's coming in this one. Even tho' this is less storified than previous offerings, the examples are... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dave Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, simple and insightful
This is the first book I read of the author and definitely not the last. Extremely easy to read and structured in the approach. A pleasure I would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Ale Z
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading but a bit light on substance for my taste
An enjoyable read, one that I found informative and entertaining. Personally I would have preferred more practical and directly applicable examples than a general and holistic view... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Toast
4.0 out of 5 stars The "How To" Manual that accompanies The Four Obsessions of an...
The practical guide to focusing on and placing the concept of a healthy culture above all else. Lencioni makes a compelling case for why organisational health trumps all else and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dandroid
4.0 out of 5 stars Four star book
This book is described by one reviewer as having 'more common sense in its 200 pages than I have ever found in a business book. A must-read'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars A book full of common sense
At first I wasn't sure but once past the first couple of pages the ideas being put over just seemed to be full of common sense, and begs the question why aren't organisations doing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin Everitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively straightforward; potentially powerful
I was won over by this book. Lencioni reminds me of Marshall Goldsmith ('What Got You Here Won't Get You There' etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jonathan Gifford
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine as it goes.
I found that my experience of reading this book echoed many of the observations of previous reviewers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pompom
5.0 out of 5 stars Best business management author around
Patrick Lencioni has, for a long time, been the best author around on the subject of business culture and management for success and this latest book provides a good summary of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is an incredible book and such good material that is very engaging, useful and deep. Well worth the read for any who are in leadership!
Published 10 months ago by Jonny JLee
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