Analysis Of Patrick Lencioni 's ' The Big Idea ' Essay

780 Words Jan 26th, 2016 4 Pages
Patrick Lencioni’s book Advantage is entirely different from many of his other books, which read like fables; therefore, his would be my only complaint against Advantage. However, as Lencioni alludes, this is the book he wished he had written first. And rightly so, Advantage includes many of the principles taught in at least five of his other books and his big idea comes in this opening statement: “The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.” The entire book is built around creating organizational health as opposed to most leadership books that attempt to teach new tricks to help an organization grow. Lencioni is convinced; and does an excellent job convincing his readers, that organizational health, not the latest technology, smartest brains or fasting moving companies win. Rather it is companies that organize themselves in away that “management, operations, strategy, and culture fit together and make sense.” Furthermore, Lencioni suggests four disciplines to build organizational health – building a cohesive team, creating clarity, over communicating clarity and reinforcing clarity. Among the four, the most prominent discipline is building a cohesive team, which includes five areas of focus. Among these focus areas, the most appreciated to build a cohesive team are trust, mastering conflict, and focusing on results. First off, Lencioni redefines team by saying who and why people should be on the team; however, the mark of a great team…

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