The Advantage – An Adventure

We’re going to go on a bit of an adventure. 

The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni - Create Clarity

I just finished reading The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni again. The premise of the book is that if you have a healthy organization, you have a significant advantage over most other companies. Patrick lays out some simple steps to achieving organizational health. He also highlights that even though the steps are simple, many firms don’t focus on a healthy company because it either seems to simple, or leadership feels that it is beneath them.

One of the disciplines that the author urges leaders to engage in is creating clarity. Patrick provides six critical questions that leaders should ask to make sure that everyone is on the same page. These questions are: 

  1. Why do we exist? 
  2. How do we behave? 
  3. What do we do? 
  4. How will we succeed? 
  5. What is most important, right now? 
  6. Who must do what? 

[The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni, pg 77, Jossey-Bass, 2012]

The FortyFour-Three Advantage

I have a small company. We do a little bit of work, but you may know that it isn’t my full-time gig. One of the things that I enjoy about having FortyFour-Three as my side-project is that I get to try stuff out. Is there a new tech that I want to explore? Some FortyFour-Three customers will benefit from it. Is blogging or podcasting on the horizon, FortyFour-Three is my platform. 

I also get to use FortyFour-Three as a guinea pig for new ideas. This week I’m going to use FortyFour-Three as my example as I explore the six critical questions that Patrick Lencioni lays out. By the end of the week I will have better clarity on what makes (or will make) FortyFour-Three a healthy company. And you will have an example of what it looks like to answer each of these questions. 

The Advantage is a book that is worth reading. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy today.