[August 1, 2019] It’s now been more than a week and a half since I cleaned, dried, and put away all my camping gear. Boy Scout Camp was a fun time and, like any dedicated leader, our time there reinforced a number of leader lessons along the way. One that jumps out at me is how teams can be dysfunctional. Today’s book by Patrick Lencioni takes a close look at those things that frame the problem of organizational health (and dysfunction). I recommend you get a personal copy of the book and read it (more than once) to extract out some important lessons. This will be the second book I reviewed by him. You can read my previous book review on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: a Leadership Fable here, see link.
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, Patrick Lencioni, 2012
A common theme of mine is that to be the best leader, you don’t have to be the smartest or the strongest, but you must be the most flexible. Based on a popular saying by Charles Darwin, the survival of an individual plant or animal is based upon their ability to adapt. This applies to teams and organizations as well. Patrick Lencioni reinforces and amplifies this idea when he shows us how successful companies differ from mediocre ones and in several key aspects.
The best organizations are those that have unified operation and company culture, are free of politics and confusion, motivate star employees to never leave, and that maximize employee potential. Obviously, this is not easy to do but Lencioni does a good job of laying out HOW this can be done. He does this by showing us four steps to health: build a cohesive team, peer-to-peer accountability, office politics and bureaucracy and strategy, and how all organizations should strive to make people’s lives better. With the little space I have here, it is difficult to convey the richness of his book but its there, like wisdom, for the taking.
Overall, an excellent book and highly recommended.
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