Management Theory came a long way in the 20th Century, but it's always best when rooted in the basics. As the legendary early management theorist Mary Parker Follett put it, management is simply "the art of getting things done through people." As we enter an age of increasing complexity in the 21st century it's good to remember this axiom, and the best Management book of the year, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni (published by Jossey-Bass), is deeply rooted in it.
“The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.”
The Advantage, page 1
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