GMLA – The Advantage
The Advantage – Book Paper #2
The Advantage is a book by Patrick Lencioni, in which the author claims the number one advantage a company can have in today’s modern business environment is organizational health. The author claims that organizational health is the one thing most companies ignore as they feel it’s beneath them. The author makes the claims that organizational health will give a better advantage over many of the traditional business focuses such as innovation, speed, intelligence, marketing and so on. While I agree with the author on the fact that organizational health is key to being successful, I don’t agree with his delivery. In this paper I will outline the authors keys points for creating organizational health.
The author breaks down organizational health into four parts: Build a cohesive team, Create Clarity, Over communicate Clarity, and Reinforce Clarity. Each of the parts is broken down into sub categories for achieving what the author calls complete organizational health.
The first of the four parts is, Build a cohesive team. This section of the book is broken down into five behaviors and that is mixed in with six core suggestions for achieving those behaviors. The five behaviors consist of: Building trust, Mastering conflict, Achieving Commitment, Embracing Accountability, and Focusing on results. The author continues with suggestions for achieving the said behaviors. The suggestions consist of: Building a small team, Creating trust among team members, Engaging in healthy conflict, Accountability among team members, Leave meetings with a clear decisions and goals, and Have collective priorities. The author goes on to provide examples of each and dives into each of the behaviors. One of the things that stuck out was the authors emphasis on having a small team of 3-12 people. The author doesn’t elaborate on how companies of different sizes are to achieve a core team until later in the book. It sticks out to me that creating the executive team first and foremost is the key to creating the organizational health he speaks about. The author builds upon this first part of the book and goes deeper into why you need to have the cohesive team to have the foundation to build the rest of his theory.
The second part of the book is based on creating clarity within the organization. This is the longest part of the book and starts to get into the six questions the author says is the core of organizational health. The author states that each company must ask themselves these six questions and have the answers to move on to the next part of his theory. The six questions are: Why do we exist? How do we behave? What do we do? How will we succeed? What is most important, right now?, and Who must do what? Each of the six questions are elaborated on within this section of the book, and asks more questions to the reader to help them answer the six core questions. Confusing right? Not exactly. Sometimes answering a...