Q&A: Leadership author Patrick Lencioni on what Silicon Valley CEOs should strive to achieve
Patrick Lencioni is not enamored with the Steve Jobs and Elon Musk types of Silicon Valley CEOs.
Rather than getting hung up on the superstar visionary CEO, which the tech industry has in spades, Lencioni prefers a more humble, off-camera personality for a successful CEO. Most importantly, Lencioni hopes that the CEO and other top executives of a company pay relentless attention to the firm’s organizational health.
Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group, a Lafayette-based company that provides leadership consultation to CEOs and executives at companies with widely recognized brands, such as Intuit, Southwest Airlines and Chick-fil-A.
He has authored 11 books about leadership and organizational health, selling a total of more than 5 million copies.
Lencioni delivered a speech in May at Santa Clara University, as The Table Group partnered with the Silicon Valley Executive Center in the university’s Leavey School of Business to teach students about the importance of organizational health. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: What brings you out to Santa Clara University?
A: We have this concept called organizational health, which we think is the biggest thing that is lacking in most companies. We’ve been looking for an academic home for this idea. We are going to partner with Santa Clara so that if Kellogg School at Northwestern is all about marketing, and Wharton at Penn is about finance and Harvard is about strategy, we want Santa Clara to be the home of organizational health.
Q: And for those unfamiliar, what is your definition of organizational health?
A: Organizational health is about how to create the most effective organization possible through teamwork among leadership team, clarity around where they are taking the company, constant communication about that clarity and constant reinforcement of every process it puts in place. The healthiest organizations will generally win. Southwest Airlines is …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business