According to Patrick Lencioni in his new book The Advantage teamwork should be considered a choice, not a virtue.
The Advantage is about organizational health in businesses, non-profits and churches. His premise is organizational health is more important than any other discipline to move an organization forward. I just started reading/listening to it this week but I am already fascinated.
My biggest takeaway from the first few chapters is Lencioni’s thoughts on teamwork. He says most companies either provide lip service to the idea of teamwork or they underestimate what it takes to achieve it.
Lencioni provides an analogy for teamwork. He says most organizations that talk about teamwork are like a team of golfers. They all go off and play their round of golf and then come back and add up their scores. But healthy teamwork is more like a basketball team. All the players must work together throughout the entire game to come out ahead.
I am a big fan of Lencioni because I have read and, to some degree, lived out almost all of his books. His writing is solid. I look forward to reading the rest of The Advantage and posting more about his wisdom.
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