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The Advantage

Patrick Lencioni

At a glance:

The book provides a framework for understanding and addressing the underlying issues that prevent organizations from achieving their goals. Organizational health is essential for success and provides a clear definition of what it means for an organization to be healthy. By understanding the four key elements of organizational health, leaders can identify areas of weakness in their own organizations and take steps to address them. The four key elements are:
- a cohesive leadership team
- a clear and compelling vision
- a well-designed structure
- consistent execution of strategy

A lack of these elements can be the root cause of problems in an organization, and that addressing them can have a positive impact on the performance and productivity of the organization.

Key takeaways:

- A company is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified.

- The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born - that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

- The best leaders are the ones who are willing to admit their own weaknesses and weaknesses in their companies, and then work to address them.

- A company without a clear and compelling vision is like a ship without a rudder; it is likely to wander aimlessly, never reaching its intended destination.

- The primary responsibility of a leader is to create and maintain a healthy organization, one that is capable of delivering the business results that the leader is accountable for.

- The most effective leaders are those who are able to build and maintain a cohesive team that is focused on a clear and compelling vision and that is able to execute strategy effectively.

- The best way to build a healthy organization is to be honest and transparent about its problems and then work to address them.

- The ultimate test of organizational health is not how well the company is doing, but how well it is able to bounce back from adversity.

- The ultimate goal of an organization is not to make a profit, but to create and sustain value for all of its stakeholders.


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