Patrick Lencioni has a few books on the market. The best of these is “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” which seems to highlight too many church leadership teams. But his recent book “The Advantage” tops even this one. The reason is that he seems to combine all of his previous work, the best sections in all of his materials in one comprehensive title. The book predominately deals with keeping organizations healthy. He operates under the idea that if a place is healthy, business will look after itself. The book is filled with great insights. One is on consensus. He says that if an organization waits for consensus the decision is too late, and often disagreeable to everyone. It is interesting that if you take an idea and dummy it down, to the lowest common path, than it is really not a good idea any longer. He talks about passive agreement. You come into a meeting, say nothing, and walk out with no buy in to the process. You have to express the thoughts and concerns, the team has to move forward, and you free part of the process. If you do not, the person just goes about life and waits for it to not work out. There are really too much great insights from this book to give in this write up. But the reality is that this book is excellent for all churches. A plan that is executed poorly is better than a plan not executed. It talks about team, clarity of purpose, how to run meetings, and having consistent messages that fit reality. This is a great book, though written from a business perspective to help churches improve. It is a book that every eldership needs to go through. There is so much that is good in this text.
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