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The Wisdom of Teams



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The Wisdom of Teams  August 1, 2011

This textbook is an excellent read for anyone with responsibilities for leading groups of people to attain desired and sometimes even extraordinary outcomes within their organization. The insights revealed here are a critically important option for organizations that wish or need to attain productivity beyond what can be realized from the sum of individual contributions. Understanding the discipline of real teams can turn someone with average leadership abilities and potential into an extraordinary leader.

The Wisdom of Teams: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


The importance of teams has become a cliche of modern business theory, but few have a clear idea of what it means.

In this new edition of their best-selling primer, Katzenbach and Smith try to impart some analytical rigor to the concept.

This book is the result of research into why teams are important, what separates effective from ineffective teams, and how organizations can tap the effectiveness of teams to become high-performance organizations.

Liberally citing research efforts in 47 specific organizations, Katzenbach and Smith share their insights into what makes teams work.

Author Biography

Jon R. Katzenbach is a founder of Katzenbach Partners, consultants in the areas of team, leadership, and workforce performance.

Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. i
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: What We Have Learnedp. xiii
Prologue: A Note About What to Expectp. 1
Understanding Teamsp. 9
Why Teams?p. 11
One Team: A Story of Performancep. 27
Team Basics: A Working Definition and Disciplinep. 43
High-Performance Teams: Very Useful Modelsp. 65
Becoming A Teamp. 85
The Team Performance Curvep. 87
Moving up the Curve: From Individual to Team Performancep. 109
Team Leadersp. 130
Teams, Obstacles, and Endings: Getting Unstuckp. 149
Exploiting the Potentialp. 173
Teams and Performance: The Reinforcing Cyclep. 175
Teams and Major Change: An Inevitable Combinationp. 195
Team Performance at the Top: A Difficult Challengep. 212
Top Management's Role: Leading to the High-Performance Organizationp. 239
Epilogue: A Call to Actionp. 259
The Teams Question and Answer Guidep. 267
Teams Researched for Bookp. 297
Selected Readingsp. 305
Indexp. 308
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