Today I finished reading Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Advantage! I think the sub-title describes it well: Why organizational health trumps everything else in business. And what is the key to organizational health? One word: CLARITY. In this book, Lencioni brings the wisdom from 5 dysfunctions of a team, Death by Meeting, and his consultant experience in a package that I found insightful, practical and powerful.
It’s All About Systems
In the Advantage, Lencioni also confirmed something that I’ve observed first hand, the power of systems. Our body is not just individual organs, but those organs are part of systems. Systems that pump blood through our bodies, control respiration and digestion. In healthy organizations, there are systems that help us grow and stay healthy. Once leadership has established what health is, and what is most important made it clear, systems are put into place that allow the organization to grow and thrive and become healthy.
Lived Out Values vs. Theoretical Values
What I found most powerful is how practical this book is. Our church is literally living this book out and see the benefits. When people are clear they can be aligned, when people are aligned they know where they fit and how they can contribute, which leads to greater joy and results in fulfilling the mission, in our case seeing people connect to God! I’m fan of this book, make sure you pick it up!