The AdvantageI am an avid reader. I read everything I get my hands on — especially as it relates to business. However, I also happen to be picky about what I recommend — especially as it relates to business.

As a consultant, I’m always searching for helpful, insightful and applicable information that will stay with my clients for the long haul. I always have a top five most-recommended list of books in mind, and as soon as I read The Advantage, it soared to the No. 1 position. This book is incredible. It’s easy to read, and it directly deals with the No. 1 problem business owners and leaders face today, which is the organizational health of their company. And it addresses it in a way that is easy to understand.

Not only does Patrick Lencioni lay it out in a clear and organized manner, but he also provides other free resources to support the book. You can find these at These resources include a survey, discussion questions and videos highlighting each topic in the book.

The information in this book is critical for business owners to embrace if they are to create and build a business that stands the test of time. Enjoy!

Erica Pefferman lives in Boonville, Mo., and has worked in the sales industry for 15 years. She is the owner of The Ruckus Group, a business that provides sales consulting to companies that want to make a difference first in the lives of their employees, clients and communities.