Framing the Dialogue

The Advantage

“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.

While a book about organizational health sounds dry, Lencioni is a master at avoiding too much technical jargon and provides the tools any group can use to improve their organization.  While organizational health may be simple, free, and available, the guts to do what it takes to achieve it eludes most “leaders” that I have unfortunately had the pleasure of working with.  Most are more comfortable with structure and putting out fires while complaining about the structure and the number of fires and are run more closely to the comic strip Dilbert than the firms represented by Mr. Lencioni.

I had an encounter with my supervisor this morning.  He asked why I hadn’t finished a priority project that I said that I’d finish last week.  I told him that I had been working on other priorities.  It was suggested that I work on this priority.

“If everything is important, nothing is.”

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