The Team Formula - A Leadership Tale of a Team That Found Their Way

The Team Formula - A Leadership Tale of a Team That Found Their Way

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This is a business book told in a story format for leaders; a Leadership Tale. It takes place in the world of international business where, as a result of an acquisition, two companies merge creating a team: A team struggling with conflicts and dishonesty, but also showing glimpses of loyalty and hope. Stephen, the team's leader, is challenged to get them working together. In these times of change and economic downturn, it's more important than ever that he gets it right. Follow Stephen and his team on their journey through the thorny maze that all teams travel through. This is a quick, must-read for leaders and team members in any organisation. The book offers a fun, engaging and informative experience, providing opportunities for reflection as well as valuable ideas that can be implemented immediately. The story tempts the reader, to look at him/herself and ask the questions: What choices am I making? How does this apply to me and my team? What am I doing to make this team work? The reader can easily relate to the characters and real-life situations. Everyone will recognise a part of themselves, as well as their colleagues, so you want to know what's going to happen next: It's a page-turner. Above all, this is a book about going from intellectual understanding to a change in behaviour for everyone on the team. A little book for BIG team success. This is the first book in the 'little Book for BIG Success' series, a series of business books with a difference, written in an entertaining and easily digestible story format.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13mm | 297g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1780923473
  • 9781780923475
  • 1,114,601

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12 ratings
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I read this book over a weekend. It was insightful, inspirational and gave me plenty to think about. The lessons and theories are portrayed through a cast of characters who are easy to relate to, with a story line that is easy to follow and allows one to learn and understand in a relatively fun and enjoyable way. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in creating an outstanding team more
by Zoe
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Building a functional team is incredibly hard to do. Most teams are dysfunctional and are not aligned. In many cases, team members actually compete AGAINST each other. This is one of the reasons teams fail (whether they know it or not). The Team Formula lays out a step by step process for how to build a great team. It is THE blueprint. The blueprint is not based on theory, it is based on many years of implementation and coaching. While the format is in an easy to read style, the content is hard hitting and powerful. If you are a leader or aspiring to lead a team, READ THIS more
by John Turner
The Team Formula is a fantastic tool to use when reflecting on your own position within a team, whether as a leader or a team member. It gives valuable insight into the way that different personalities interact within a team and takes into account the one thing that most business books forget; feelings. Hearing the voice of Stephen allows the reader to really engage with the emotive elements of the difficulties he is facing. Having read the book I felt inspired and energised to develop my leadership style. As someone who has only recently moved into a management position I am looking forward to using this book as a tool develop myself further. There is no role and no position that the message of the Team Formula does not apply more
by Elizabeth
I've read a lot of "team" and "management" books, and in the norm they are textbook-like dictations on how to "become great" at a skill which, in reality, is anything but textbook! This is such a refreshing read where, as you follow the development of a team, you "feel" the situations unfold and then see how they are resolved. This style makes it extremely easy reading compared to textbook-styles, and you can't help but become drawn in to the characters and their personalities with each page-turn (some will even make you clench your fists!) The experience of the authors comes through in the very acute details and "quirks" of the books' people and personalities - and these small details are often what dominates in a close team environment and can drive anger, frustration, or disappointment. These "quirks" are beautifully described, and then dealt with as the team go on their journey through very common business more
by Andrew Bellamy
Wow! This is a seriously good book. The first thing I loved, and number one for me, was that it was a page turner, and totally addictive, once I had started I genuinely wanted to read on and find out what happened to Stephen and his team. The fact that it was told in story book format gave it a familiar and believable edge to the normal run-of-the-mill "dull" business tome, which has your eyelids drooping by the end of page one! The personalities and situations were completely plausible, from the authenticity of the team meetings, to the descriptive and often evocative ambience of the surroundings. Look closer and the book is jam packed with information, all finely woven into the fabric of the story, from the initial dysfunctional team, to the denouement of an emerging successful one. The book romps along at a fast pace, cramming in learning outcomes, choices, dealing with team trust, and inter personal issues. I particularly enjoyed the parallel of mazes. In fact the list was endless, which of course begs the requirement of another book! I think everyone, no matter whether they are in a big corporate business, in a small enterprise, or even in social environment, have met some of the characters in this story. This is a feel good, positive dynamic thinking and motivating book - and one that would benefit so many people in a plethora of situations! A delightful, and innovative addition to any bookshelf!show more
by sally andrews
This is the first leadership book that I really enjoyed reading, it was one of those books that you just don't want to put down. The fact that it was written in a story form made it extremely relevant, and in my opinion depicted the real challenges that leaders face in their careers. The Team Formula is applicable to leaders of any level, it talks to some of the most logical, yet most difficult concepts of leadership, it provides a great formula for ensuring that you are always aware of these concepts, and more importantly that you are consciously addressing them as part of your team culture. This book was particularly relevant to me having inherited a new team 12 months ago, it allowed me to reflect on the things I did, and the approach that I took. I would have found the book equally as relevant if I was currently leading an established team, as often you forget about the basics and most fundamental attributes of building and driving great teams. On a personal note, I have had the privilege of working with Mandy and participating in a Team Climate Survey, I can honestly say that it was one of the best leadership activities that I have participated in, it was extremely relevant and realistic in the way that it was conducted, and it had a very tangible and very encouraging outcome. Overall I can confidently say that this was the one of the best leadership books that I have read, and I absolutely recommend it to any more
by Tyrone Theodorides
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