The Advantage [Book Notes]

A few book notes from Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business.

After reading this book, I realized it really is a behavioral problem!

The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.

A healthy organization sets you apart. Here’s what you need to build a healthy organization:

  1. Build a cohesive leadership team
    1. Should be the right size (3 to 10 people) to be effective.
    2. Team members must trust each other.
    3. The team leaves meetings with clear, active, and specific agreements and decisions.
    4. Team members hold each other accountable.
    5. Team members are focused on team number one (the larger organization, not just their department).
  2. Create clarity
    1. Team members know why they exist.
    2. Team members have clarified and embraced a specific set of behavioral values.
    3. Team members know what they do and who does what.
    4. Team members understand each other’s roles and responsibilities.
  3. Over-communicate clarity
    1. Team members leave meetings with clear and specific agreements about what to communicate to their people.
    2. Team members can clearly articulate the organization’s reason of existence, values, and goals.
  4. Reinforce clarity
    1. Managers throughout the organization have a simple, consistent, and non-bureaucratic system for setting goals and reviewing progress.
    2. Compensation and reward systems are built around the values and goals of the organization.
The impact of organizational health goes far beyond the walls of a company, extending to customers and vendors, even spouses and children.
At the end of the day, at the end of our careers, when we look back at the many initiatives that we poured ourselves into, few other activities will seem more worthy of our effort and more impactful on the lives of others, tan making our organizations healthy.

Does your organization have a cohesive leadership team? Do they create, over-communicate, and reinforce clarity? What can you do to improve the health of your organization?

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