Citation for Book: Lencioni P. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. Jossey-Bass; 2012
Recommended by: Todd Sorensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Star Rating (1-5): 5
Review: If you are a fan of Patrick Lencioni’s previous work (Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Death by Meeting), you’ll appreciate the way Lencioni weaves concepts from multiple books into a focused discussion on what creates healthy organizations. If you’ve not read any of Lencioni’s previous works, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to gather some of his most important insights from years as a business consultant in one book.
The strength of The Advantage is how Lencioni takes the critical concept of “organizational health,” which has not been covered with this specificity or depth in his previous books, and creates an effective narrative via a combination of familiar concepts with new insights and effective stories from the field. Lencioni states that organizational health is about “an organization being whole, consistent and complete.” That it is “healthy” when its management, operations, strategy and culture fit together and make sense. Unfortunately over his many years consulting with both large and small organizations, Lencioni has observed that achieving organizational health is illusive. And in his experience, achieving organizational health by integrating these dimensions provides the foundation that establishes a key competitive advantage in the market sector of that organization.
While The Advantage does bring into its narrative several familiar Lencioni concepts, its notable for those who will have read prior books that The Advantage does not feel like a retread of that material. It doesn’t seem redundant. The focus is on collating key concepts in a way that provides guidance to a reader to address larger organizational issues than what had been the focus of those individual works previously. It adds additional meaning and applicability to the concepts of team development, vision and organizational communication, allowing The Advantage to stand on its own with a distinctive message.
One thing that will quickly become clear to those who’ve read other books by Lencioni – The Advantage does not employ the fictional story narrative style. This book is written in the first person from Lencioni’s perspective. While the fictional story style was effective in illustrating key concepts and strategies, it doesn’t feel like it would be an effective writing strategy for the diversity of material presented here.