“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.”
– – Patrick Lencioni
In The Advantage author Patrick Lencioni makes a compelling case about “why organizational health trumps everything else in business.” If you have ever worked in a company or organization that posts Mission Statements and Vision Statements that are generally panned by the staff you may not want to read this book. If you are like me it will make you long for an organization that does even 10 percent of the activities that Lencioni suggests. As usual he also sprinkles real-life anecdotes into his sections to make a point.
Perhaps not as widely used as “drinking 8 glasses of water each day” or “an apple a day…”, the belief that taking ten thousand steps each day will pave the way towards total health is almost as well known. On many levels that makes sense to me. I have a relatively new position where I work that entails a fair amount of walking 2-3 times per week with some climbing slopes included. I had been doing this for a few months and I noticed something weird. I was able to tighten one more belt hole, my pants got a little bigger, and I didn’t gasp for air when I strode up a steep slope.
We are bludgeoned daily about eating right. Eat oatmeal, don’t eat bacon (a very sad statement), lots of fruit, lots of veggies, wash everything, eggs are bad, coffee is, I cannot remember whether coffee is good or bad right now. Same for milk…good to grow strong bones bad because of the fat, hormones, antibiotics, and cows are probably uncomfortable when the milk is “removed” from their udders.
Finally some research that we can use: