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

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`[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: 580

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: 4756

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.

High Performance Relationships

The Heart and Science Behind Success At Work and Home

Author: Jacqueline Peters

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0991904079

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

View: 5050

The secret to success and high performance is based on strong relationships—both at work and at home—and, for Dr. Jacqueline Peters, helping people build effective teams and relationships is her life’s work. Based on over 20 years of experience and research, High Performance Relationships: The Heart and Science behind Success at Work and Home gives you the tools you need to: - better support your partner or team - create a common purpose and build camaraderie - build safety, reduce relationship accidents, and repair conflict - generate a greater sense of happiness and fulfillment Including easy-to-use exercises and questionnaires, High Performance Relationships offers a simple yet effective model for individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations to successfully build and enhance both personal and professional relationships.

Usable Social Science

Author: Neil J. Smelser,John S. Reed

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954149

Category: Education

Page: 416

View: 7254

This volume is a one-of-a-kind contribution to applied social science and the product of a long collaboration between an established, interdisciplinary sociologist and a successful banking executive. Together, Neil Smelser and John Reed use a straightforward approach to presenting substantive social science knowledge and indicate its relevance and applicability to decision-making, problem-solving and policy-making. Among the areas presented are space-and-time coordinates of social life; cognition and bias; group and network effects; the role of sanctions; organizational dynamics; and macro-changes associated with economic development. Finally, the authors look at the big picture of why society at large demands and needs social-science knowledge, and how the academy actually supplies relevant knowledge.

Leading Outside the Lines

How to Mobilize the Informal Organization, Energize Your Team, and Get Better Results

Author: Jon R. Katzenbach,Zia Khan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470621059

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 4151

An all-new approach to understanding the (in)formal connections of an organization From the bestselling coauthor of the business classic The Wisdom of Teams comes an all-new exploration of the modern workplace, and how leaders and managers must embrace it for success. Katzenbach and Khan examine how two distinct factions together form the bigger picture for how organizations actually work: the more defined "formal" organization of a company-the management structure, performance metrics, and processes-and the "informal"-the culture, social networks, and ad hoc communities that spring up naturally and can accelerate or hinder how the organization works. With dynamic examples from enterprises around the world, this book takes a timeless organizational approach and creates a powerful paradigm-shifting tool set for applying it. Includes self-assessment guidelines for senior leaders, front-line managers, and individual contributors Features organizations in business, government, the nonprofit sector, and academia-including the New York City schools system, Aetna, the Marines, United Nations, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Home Depot, Bell Canada, and the Houston Police Department Leading Outside the Lines illustrates how leaders can make the two distinct factions work together to get the best of both.

Group Dynamics for Teams

Author: Daniel Levi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412977622

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 366

View: 775

This clear and engaging book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this book helps readers understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work.

Teamwork

What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong

Author: Carl E. Larson,Frank M. J. LaFasto

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803932906

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 8626

What are the secrets of successful teams? Why do some teams achieve remarkable success while others fail or are consigned to mediocrity? To find the answers, Larson and LaFasto interviewed a wide range of teams, including the space shuttle Challenger investigation team and executive management teams, and discovered a surprising consistency in the characteristics of effective teams. The authors explore the eight properties of successful teams and examine priorities in building a high-performance team.

Senior Leadership Teams

What it Takes to Make Them Great

Author: Ruth Wageman

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422103366

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 241

View: 4674

Guides CEOs on how to create a powerful senior leadership team that achieves the company's shared goals through methods such as assembling the right people for the team and providing support and structure.

Business

The Ultimate Resource

Author: Editors Of Perseus Publishing

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 2172

View: 1000

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.

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: 1908


Incentive

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Advertising specialties

Page: N.A

View: 1633

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: 1537

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.

Leading Change in Multiple Contexts

Concepts and Practices in Organizational, Community, Political, Social, and Global Change Settings

Author: Gill Robinson Hickman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452276781

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 1241

The first book to bring together both leadership and change theories, concepts, and processes, Leading Change in Multiple Contexts uses a consistent framework and the latest research to help readers understand and apply the concepts and practices of leading change. Key Features Brings together leadership and change concepts and practices in five distinct contexts—organizational, community, political, social change, and global Draws from a wide range of classic and recent scholarship from multiple disciplines Includes the perspectives of change and leadership experts Offers real-life vignettes that provide examples of leading change in every context Provides readers with application and reflection exercises that allow them to apply leadership and change concepts to their experiences Leading Change in Multiple Contexts is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in Change Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, and Leadership and Change offered in departments of business, education, communication, and public administration, as well as programs focusing on leadership, public policy, community activism, and social change.

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: 9627


Field Guide to Project Management

Author: David I. Cleland

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471462125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 652

View: 2365

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: 1706

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.