When Teams Work Best

6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell What it Takes to Succeed

Author: Frank LaFasto,Carl Larson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923664

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 221

View: 4879

`[A] tour de force on what makes teams successful. Building on sound theory and relying on extensive research, they offer specific, practical tools that will deliver team value. Team members, business leaders, and organization consultants should not only read, but use this work′ - Professor Ulrich, University of Michigan `This book makes collaboration a vivid and workable concept′ - Allan R Cohen, Professor of Global Leadership, Babson College When Teams Work Best helps us understand what makes teams succeed, why teams fail, and what can be done to improve the ability of a team to work together productively. Sometimes teams work effectively, but often they don′t. No one knows this better than team members themselves. This book is based on twenty years of research in which the authors asked more than 6,000 team members across a variety of businesses and industries, in both public and private sectors, to assess their teams, their team leaders, and each other. In the safety of confidentiality, team members identified what encourages teams to succeed and what discourages teams into failure. Building on this analysis and the authors own extensive observations of hundreds of teams in scores of organizations the authors offer specific advice for improving team leadership, becoming a more effective team member, developing positive team relationships, creating a more supportive organizational environment, and enhancing team problem solving abilities. The emphasis throughout the book is on practical, portable insight. At the start of each chapter, is a one-page "Snapshot" that provides a concise overview of the chapter contents. Then, each chapter′s discussion opens with a real-life scenario that introduces the issues discussed in that chapter in concrete, familiar terms. Throughout the book you hear the voices of actual team members in the form of a number of quotations that speak candidly and in down-to-earth ways about the difficulties and triumphs they experience in working in teams. Finally, to help you put the chapter′s lessons into practice, each chapter concludes with a "Putting It to Work" section that includes specific suggestions and helpful instruments that you can use directly or adapt to suit your circumstances. You′ll find that you come away from this book with much more than a theoretical idea of what should make teams work best. You′ll come away with the collective insights of thousands of team members and leaders on what really does work to bring out the best in teams. And you′ll have in hand the tools that can help you put these insights to work. Who Needs This Book? · Executives and managers who are responsible for the overall functioning of teams can use this book to ensure that teams throughout the organization understand what it takes to make collaboration work. They can learn what to look for in exemplary and less-than-exemplary teams, from the qualities of team members, to the processes that successful teams use, to the attributes of effective team leaders (Chapters 1-4). Senior managers may also want to pay particular attention to Chapter 5, which discusses organizational factors that foster or impede the work of collaborative teams. · Team leaders will find specific practical guidance in every chapter that can improve their leadership of teams. The book can be an excellent training vehicle for team leaders, whether they are seasoned veterans or new to the job. In addition to learning valuable strategies and techniques for themselves, they can use much of the material in the book in managing team members to collaborate more effectively. Finally, team leaders can use the ideas in Chapter 5 on the organizational culture to assess organizational obstacles to their work and advocate constructive change. · Team members can use this book to improve their own participation in teams, help their team function more effectively, and prepare to become leaders themselves.

Leading the Congregation

Caring for Yourself While Serving the People

Author: Roger Heuser,Norman Shawchuck

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426729960

Category: Religion

Page: 268

View: 3092

Leading the Congregation is a complete and definitive guide to the practice of church leadership. The book describes essential paradigms for the leader that integrate spiritual integrity and service within a "systems" view of the congregation and its ministry. This revised and updated version focuses on the challenges of congregational leadership in a culture that has fewer ties to Christian faith. The authors lay out the dual contexts in which church leaders must function–within the congregation, and as the congregation’s representative to the community–and they explain the very different skill sets required to flourish in each. Underlying the revised edition is an insistence on the congregational leader’s call from God, and cultivation of her or his relationship with God. Leadership is not the same thing as charisma, they explain; it is rather a set of attitudes and practices that each of us can and must master if we are to be worthy servants of Christ.

Leadership

Theory and Practice

Author: Peter G. Northouse

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452203407

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 485

View: 698

Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities worldwide, the market-leading text owes its success to the unique way in which it combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and practical exercises that help students apply what they learn. Each chapter follows a consistent format, allowing students to contrast the various theories. Three case studies in each chapter provide practical examples of the theories discussed.

Encyclopedia of Health Care Management

Author: Michael J. Stahl

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265240

Category: Medical

Page: 664

View: 9053

The topic of health care management has escalated to one of the most widely discussed and debated topics in the health care industry, MBA programs, and in the field of medicine in general. In the 1980s, the industry was relatively stable and the need for combining business acumen with medicine was less than today. However, as we enter the 21st century, the need for applying business and management skills to the health care industry is stronger than ever. This Encyclopedia covers every topic a medical professional, institutional administrator, or MBA student would need to know about the business of health care. Key Features * Over 600 entries * More than 160 expert contributors from the fields of medicine, public health, business * Tables on medical degrees, medical specialties, medical organizations, health care acronyms, medical legislation * Unites the business and medical worlds, and spans the academic, corporate, and governmental arenas Topics Covered Accounting and Activity-Based Costing / Economics / Finance / Health Policy / Human Resources / Information Technology / Institutions and Organizations / International Health Care Issues / Legal and Regulatory Issues / Managed Care / Marketing and Customer Value / Operations and Decision Making / Pharmaceuticals and Clinical Trials / Quality / Statistics and Data Mining / Strategy

The Manager's Bookshelf

A Mosaic of Contemporary Views

Author: N.A

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780132301657

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 395

View: 6499

Dozens of business books have captured the hearts and minds of today's management community. Which ones contain the most intriguing ideas? When will you have time to read them all? How will you afford to obtain them? The answer lies in The Manager's Bookshelf: A Mosaic of Contemporary Views. From the classics to the newly minted, this book gives you objective summaries of a broad sampling of fifty-five best-sellers.

HR Focus

American Management Association's Human Resources Publication

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Personnel management

Page: N.A

View: 3017


Incentive

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Advertising specialties

Page: N.A

View: 2997

Managing and marketing through motivation.

From Research to Practice

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in LIS Education

Author: Deborah S. Grealy,Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591586319

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 163

View: 8489

This book provides assistance to new faculty members by offering a structured platform introducing a model for teaching and assessing student learning in applied LIS courses while providing strengths and weaknesses of each methodology.

AAOHN Journal

Official Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Industrial nursing

Page: N.A

View: 5428


Field Guide to Project Management

Author: David I. Cleland

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471462125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 652

View: 7228

One of the best-known authorities on project management, David Cleland developed this new edition for professionals who need a dependable, on-the-job resource to answer questions and solve problems as they arise. Field Guide to Project Management is unmatched in its wealth of reliable information on project management systems and its concise and accessible format, also making it the perfect volume to read cover to cover for a unique, up-to-date survey of the field. Every aspect of project management is addressed with practical explanations and advice by a who’s-who roster of expert authors who cover planning techniques, concepts, paradigms, processes, tools, and techniques.

In the Company of Others

An Introduction to Communication

Author: J. Dan Rothwell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195336306

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 463

View: 1128

In the Company of Others is the only textbook in the market that is organized according to the communication competence model. Competent communication is both effective in achieving goals, and appropriate to the given situation. Students can improve by learning about, and working on, the 5dimensions of this model: knowledge, skills, sensitivity, ethics, and commitment/effort. This organizational rubric ties the many topics in the course together so that students can use the ideas effectively. The model: 1. is explained in Chapter 1 2. is reinforced in every chapter (margin icons remind students when the 5 dimensions appear) 3. offers "Developing Communication Competence" self-test boxes in most chapters 4. ends each chapter with a section on improving competence in that chapter's topic.

Sell Like a Team: The Blueprint for Building Teams that Win Big at High-Stakes Meetings

Author: Michael S. Dalis

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1259861163

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 2795

Build a championship sales team that prepares, practices, and plays in sync—and closes every deal Gone are the days of meeting a client for lunch, chatting about your product, and closing the sale over dessert. Buyers today look very differently from those of the past. They make networked purchasing decisions by committee, with diverse roles, interests and backgrounds. With access to more information and a greater ability to share it, they demand value, access and alignment from their counterparties. Sales is now a team sport, and to win you have to build and manage selling squads that work in complete alignment—not just during client meetings, but before and after, as well. In Sell Like a Team, Michael Dalis, a senior consultant at the legendary sales training firm, The Richardson Company, guides you through the process of creating and managing selling squads that execute and win in every sales meeting or pitch. Winning selling squads are fueled by trust. There is an effective leader and every member knows his or her role. They plan, practice and make adjustments together. During customer meetings, they execute as a unit. And afterward, they debrief together so they can advance the sale, replicate the high points and eliminate the low ones in future meetings. In today’s competitive market, the difference between the winner and all the others is a lean at the tape. There’s a world of difference between teams that are qualified and those that win. This groundbreaking guide provides everything you need to create and organize selling squads that win more and win big.

Business

The Ultimate Resource

Author: Editors Of Perseus Publishing

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 2172

View: 5237

Offers essays by more than 150 top business leaders that cover a range of topics pertaining to management, as well as biographical information, a world almanac with twenty-six industry sector surveys, and profiles of 150 countries.

Communicating in Groups

Building Relationships for Effective Decision Making

Author: Joann Keyton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195175172

Category: Communication in small groups

Page: 335

View: 2403

The title of this book, Communicating in Groups: Building Relationships for Effective Decision Making, speaks to two fundamental components of group interaction: building relationships and making good decisions. In this text, students will discover the unique dynamics of group communication, the essential skills that lead to success, and the group roles, tasks, and processes that pave the way for effective group work. By examining groups from each of these viewpoints, students come to understand the dynamic capacity of each group and learn to treat each group as a unique communication opportunity. To be competent in group communication, as this text emphasizes, students must learn to identify each group situation as unique, assess what skills are needed, and effectively apply the appropriate skills and procedures. In essence, the goal of this text is to provide a toolbox from which students can draw in any group situation whether planning a function with a social club on campus or participating in a task oriented project in an academic or business context. To start this process, students must first become aware of their own communicating in groups and the ways in which it can be improved to enhance group dynamics. The emphasis here is on critical thinking, skills assessment, and practice.

Organizational Behavior

Author: Don Hellriegel,John W. Slocum

Publisher: South-Western Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 460

View: 3221

Organizational Behavior, 10th edition presents classic and emerging organizational behavior trends and research, making the subject both accessible and meaningful for learners. To make the connection between theory and practice, the authors include timely examples, exercises, and high-interest cases. To help learners focus and understand the importance of organizational behavior, the authors introduce seven managerial competencies that are essential to being an effective leader or member of an organization. These competencies are introduced early and woven throughout in special features, exercises, and an interactive self-assessment tool.

Communication Mosaics

An Introduction to the Field of Communication

Author: Julia T. Wood

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534646868

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 402

View: 7609

Julia Wood, a leading scholar in the field of communication, brings us a new edition of the extremely popular COMMUNICATION MOSAICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATION. The new edition continues with the holistic approach to the field of communication by first explaining the basic processes central to all communication contexts (e.g. listening, perceiving, using verbal and nonverbal communication, establishing climate), and then applying these processes to various contexts (interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication). Through reviewer and student-praised "Student Voices" features, seamless and thoughtful integration of diversity, skill-building pedagogy and real-life examples, students are exposed to the vast world of communication and the tools needed to become effective communicators. This book will provide readers with a clear understanding of the fundamental skills and processes that are a part of the broad array of communication encounters in personal, professional and public life in the 21st century.

Communicating in Groups

Applications and Skills

Author: Katherine L. Adams,Gloria J. Galanes,Adams Katherine

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: 9780073042596

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 307

View: 1328

Communicating in Groups offers a concise, step-by-step introduction to the theory and practice of small group communication, and teaches students to develop and apply critical thinking in group problem solving. With the firm belief that group participation can be an uplifting and energizing experience, authors Kathy Adams and Gloria Galanes give students the tools they will need in order to achieve this outcome. Research and theory are presented with a focus on what is important to students--understanding their group experiences and making them effective communicators.

Organizational behavior

Author: Fred Luthans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 731

View: 6534

Luthans: Organizational Behavior was the first mainstream organizational behavior text on the market and continues its tradition of being the most current and up to date researched text today. The author, Fred Luthans, is well known in this field, and is the 5th highest Publisher in the Academy of Management Journal. He continues to do research in the area of organizational behavior. This text is aimed at professors who take a research based and conceptual approach to their OB course.