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.

When Teams Work Best

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

Author: Frank LaFasto,Carl Larson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452259143

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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What makes some teams achieve extraordinary outcomes, while other fall disappointingly short of the mark? Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson have systematically explored that question for more than 20 years. In 1989, they published the best-selling book TeamWork; What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong, which reported the results of an in-depth study of some of the most successful teams in recent history and identified the eight characteristics of high performance teams. When Teams Work Best advances this groundbreaking research by probing more deeply inside the workings of hundred of teams—some effective and some faltering. For over a decade, the authors collected and analyzed responses from more than 6,000 team members and leaders across a variety of industries, in both public and private sectors, to find out exactly what conditions help or hinder teams in achieving their goals. The voices of these team members—often eloquent, always enlightening—are heard through the quotations that appear throughout the book.

Senior Leadership Teams

What It Takes to Make Them Great

Author: Ruth Wageman,Debra A. Nunes,James A. Burruss,J. Richard Hackman

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1633692043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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An organisation's fate hinges on its CEO—right? Not according to the authors of Senior Leadership Teams. They argue that in today's world of neck-snapping change, demands on leaders in top roles are rapidly outdistancing the capabilities of any one person - no matter how talented. Result? Chief executives are turning to their enterprise's senior leaders for help. Yet many CEOs stumble when creatinga leadership team. One major challenge is that senior executives often focus more on their individual roles than on the top team's shared work. Without the CEO's careful attention to setting the team up correctly, these high-powered managers often have difficulty pulling together to move their organisation forward. Sometimes they don't even agree about what constitutes the right path forward.The authors explain how to determine whether your organisation needs a senior leadership team. Then, drawing on their study of 100+ top teams from around the world, they explain how to create a clear and compelling purpose for your team, get the right people on it, provide structure and support, and sharpen team members' competencies - and your own. Timely and practical, this book enables you to create and sustain a leadership team whose members learn from one another while collaborating to pursue your company's objectives.

The Humanitarian Leader in Each of Us

7 Choices That Shape a Socially Responsible Life

Author: Frank LaFasto,Carl Larson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483342506

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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Social problems in our global community are complex and seem intractable. Most of us would like to help, but don't feel that as individuals we can make a difference. But a particular type of person confronts such problems head on—a person that best-selling authors Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson call the humanitarian leader. Based on their groundbreaking research, LaFasto and Larson trace an inner path of seven critical choices. The path begins with connecting deeply and personally with the needs of others and culminates in leading the way for others to get involved. Their first seven chapters describe these choices. The final three chapters explore the impact of 31 remarkable people on the world's problems, the relationship between helping and personal happiness, and practical advice for getting started in a helping effort.

Group Dynamics for Teams

Author: Daniel Levi

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483378357

Category: Psychology

Page: 408

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Incorporating the latest research throughout, Daniel Levi’s Fifth Edition of Group Dynamics for Teams explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics, focusing on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research and a practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this engaging book helps readers understand and more effectively participate in teams.

Leading the Congregation

Caring for Yourself While Serving the People

Author: Roger Heuser,Norman Shawchuck

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426729960

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Leading the Team-Based Church

How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders A Leadership Network Publication

Author: George Cladis

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: 9780787941192

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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A Leadership Network Publication In Leading the Team-Based Church, George Cladis issues a clarion call for ministry teams to embrace a fresh leadership model that is not based on hierarchy, but on a process of collaboration that mirrors the relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He reminds us that today's cultural environment--where authority has basis in trust, innovation reaps rewards, and spirituality takes root in life and work--has matured past the need for the hierarchy of traditional church leadership where the pastor had the final say. Through down-to-earth stories from his own experience and those of clergy in both mainline and evangelical churches, Cladis offers an exciting alternative to the traditional forms of church leadership, enabling pastors, congregational leaders, and staff to breathe new life into their ministries and unleash the full potential of the entire ministry team. Cladis, pastor of a fast-growing mainline congregation, demonstrates how cultural changes affecting all our institutions--not just the church--are making it easier to adopt this new model of leadership. Cladis's practical advice will enable ministry teams to work together in ways that both embody the Christian message and call forth the full creativity and love of the entire team. "Just when it seems that all that can be said has been said on the subject of 'teams', just when one has tired of the gumming of the label 'team' on everything in sight, along comes perhaps the most significant religious book on teams yet published. Cladis juxtaposes the theological and cultural context for team-based ministry in a model presentation of what a conversation between Bible, theology, and culture should look like."--Leonard Sweet, dean, The Theological School and vice president, Drew University

Leading Outside the Lines

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

Author: Jon R. Katzenbach,Zia Khan

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: 0470621044

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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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.

Leading from Your Strengths

Building Close-knit Ministry Teams

Author: John Trent,Rodney Cox,Eric Tooker

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 080543061X

Category: Religion

Page: 103

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Descriptions of four animals--lions, otters, golden retrievers, and beavers--are unique ways to describe a person's God-given strengths and behavioral style. The key to building strong, close-knit ministry teams is to learn how to integrate the different personality types.

Welcome to the Real World

Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job into Your Dream Career

Author: Lauren Berger

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062307312

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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The essential book every workplace novice needs—a smart, practical, and fun guide to help them navigate the minefield of personalities, learn to work with their boss, identify priorities, and ultimately kick butt at their first job. It’s a challenging time to be young and new in the workplace. Your parents can’t help—the rules have all changed, and faster than guide books can keep up. In Welcome to the Real World, career expert and entrepreneur Lauren Berger arms a new generation of workers like you with the tools you need to succeed. She feels your pain. She’s been in your shoes. Just a few years ago, she was you. In a world defined by uncertainty, she argues you need to be bold, take risks, and understand your value. She shows you how to think of your job as a link that will eventually connect you to the opportunity of your dreams. It’s time to get comfortable getting uncomfortable, she advises. Her essential handbook tells you everything you should know to make the most of your first on-the-job experience, including how to: Think about “The Big Picture” Deal with rejection Effectively manage your time Navigate “sticky situations” in the office and communicate with different personality types Embrace entrepreneurship regardless of position, rank, or title Organize your financial situation and personal life Get promoted and (one day) take your boss’ job!

Strategic Alliance Management

Author: Brian Tjemkes,Pepijn Vos,Koen Burgers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134852487

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 424

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Strategic alliances – partnerships between separate organizations to share resources collaboratively toward mutually beneficial goals – are an important management instrument, but one that is difficult for firms to manage. Among many desirable outcomes, alliances can reduce costs, provide access to new technology, and improve research and development endeavours, though collaborative arrangements come with risks, peril, and adversities. This renewed and re-worked text connects theory to practice to help understand this important business practice. Strategic Alliance Management presents an academically grounded alliance development framework, detailing eight stages of alliance development with consideration for specific management challenges. For each stage, readers are presented with state-of-the-art theoretical insights, evidence-based managerial guidelines and a business case illustration. Additional chapters detail on contemporary alliance management challenges, including co-opetition and business eco-systems. Other chapters highlight the role of alliance professionals, alliance capabilities and paradoxical challenges in alliance relationships. This second edition retains a blend of academic knowledge and practical examples, while updating case examples and adding five new chapters on emerging alliance topics. This book remains vital reading for business students and professionals interested in strategic management.

Managing Change and Transition

Author: Richard Luecke

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781578518746

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 138

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This timely guide offers advice on how to recognize the need for organizational change, communicate the vision, prepare for structural change, and address emotional responses to downsizing.

Business

The Ultimate Resource

Author: Editors Of Perseus Publishing

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 2172

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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.