From the Publisher
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.
From the Jacket
Praise for The Advantage
"The Advantage has more common sense in its 200 pages
than I have ever found in a business book. A must-read."
-Colleen Barrett, president emeritus, Southwest
Airlines Co.; coauthor, Lead with LUV
"Here is the next business classic. Even the best leaders will
read this and wonder, ''Why aren''t we already doing this?''"
-Enrique Salem, president and CEO, Symantec
"We are doing what most said could not be done in a down
economy-start and exponentially grow a business. Using Lencioni''s
model for organizational health is an everyday choice and a way of
life for our company."
-Liz Townsend, COO, My Fit Foods
"For more than a decade I''ve been using Lencioni''s approach to
run the departments I lead, and it has never failed me."
-Rick Friedel, vice president, AT&T Service
"Our teams and leaders have really embraced Lencioni''s
methodology. We''ve put these ideas into practice and we''re
experiencing the results that prove it works."
-David Gordon, COO, The Cheesecake Factory
"In The Advantage, Lencioni cuts through the corporate
''bull'' that creates a culture of stonewalling and feet-dragging,
and shows leaders at every level how to build up a culture of
productivity and communication."
-Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling
author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host
About the Author
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
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four boys.
About the Book
In this book, Lencioni delivers a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. He offers 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.