The author’s selection of source materials diminishes the confidence in his work because the majority of his selection consists of bodies of work done by himself. He had all of his previous works and other pieces by other distinguished authors.He fails to evaluate his sources in a critical bibliography or anywhere else in his book.
Patrick Lencioni takes a practical approach to the concept of organizational health. Instead of reporting statistics and using quantitative data he sticks more to a qualitative approach. He uses examples and observations over his years as a consultant. He uses both real and fictional examples of strategies for attaining organizational health into the explanations and steps that are provided in the text. He provides stories that demonstrate how the company was successful and other times he illustrates how the company failed because they did not maintain organizational health. In each chapter the Lencioni provides a comprehensive overview of a model, strategy, or other overarching theme. He then states the chapter’s subtopics providing an example of each concept that he states and then provides a step-by-step approach that businesses or organizations are able to apply to their own operations. Throughout the book he references some of his previous books, some are fictional accounts but it really illustrates the topics that he covers in this book. In my opinion the fictional scenarios really supplement the information that the author delivers in each chapter. I find this book to be trustworthy because he does a very good job of using his personal experiences to explain his opinions. I believe that this book not only is a good read for people that have an interest in improving their organizational leadership but also for people that are barely taking on a role of becoming a leader in an organization. I found this book to be rather interesting rather than boring. It was very informative and provided a lot of detail, I plan on reading more about organizational health as I soon will become a leader of an organization myself. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even people that are not in this course because it provides insight that can help anybody in an organization. I would like this book to be continued to be used in the course because it provides ways for improving leadership skills and nowadays everyone can use that. The one thing I liked the most is that he provides examples using stories to show what a specific organization does to be successful using organizational health and how it fails buy not using organizational health, this provides for the book to be implemented by anyone because it shows you ways on what to do and what not to do. What I did not like was that he started off the book in a narrative setting instead of just getting to the point.
CONCLUSIONS AND APPLICATIONS
The first review that I saw was mixed because the reviewer stated how it provided great insights and practices towards towards the development of healthy organizations and is an easy read. It also states that some sections were underwhelmed, such as the communications and systems sections were brief and lacked the Lencioni insight. The second review that I read was posted by an operations advisor for a small business management firm, this review is predominantly favorable. He will be using this book as one of his primary references because to him it is the seminal book regard the attitudes and practice required to attain the optimal culture and discipline of a successful organizations. He also recommends that every leader and leadership team member read and use this book as a reference to guide them to success.