The Wisdom of Teams

The Wisdom of Teams : Creating the High-Performance Organization

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The definitive classic on high-performance teams The Wisdom of Teams is the definitive work on how to create high-performance teams in any organization. Having sold nearly a half million copies and been translated into more than fifteen languages, the authors' clarion call that teams should be the basic unit of organization for most businesses has permanently shaped the way companies reach the highest levels of performance. Using engaging case studies and testimonials from both successful and failed teams--ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Army to high school sports--the authors explain the dynamics of teams both in great detail and with a broad view. Their conclusions and prescriptions span the familiar to the counterintuitive: * Commitment to performance goals and common purpose is more important to team success than team building. * Opportunities for teams exist in all parts of the organization. * Real teams are the most successful spearheads of change at all levels. * Working in teams naturally integrates performance and learning. * Team "endings" can be as important to manage as team "beginnings."
Wisdom lies in recognizing a team's unique potential to deliver results and in understanding its many benefits--development of individual members, team accomplishments, and stronger companywide performance. Katzenbach and Smith's comprehensive classic is the essential guide to unlocking the potential of teams in your organization.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 27.94mm | 552g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1633691063
  • 9781633691063
  • 51,785

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PRAISE for The Wisdom of Teams: "A thoughtful and well-written book filled with fascinating examples ... You will be hard-pressed to find a better guide to the essential building block of the organization of the future." -- BusinessWeek "An unusually thorough study of teams ... As well as challenging much conventional wisdom about teams, the book is full of advice about how to organize proper--and properly effective--teams." -- Financial Times "The Wisdom of Teams captures the power and vision of what great business teams can accomplish. Its stories and lessons should be read and learned." -- Senator Bill Bradley "Jon Katzenbach and Doug Smith have lived with high-performance teams for years. Now they share their meticulous observations with all of us in an important and timely book, brimming with useful detail." -- Tom Peters
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About Jon R. Katzenbach

Jon R. Katzenbach is Founder and Senior Sponsor of the Katzenbach Center at PwC Strategy& (US) LLC. Since the 1980s, he has been recognized as a global leader and expert in leadership, teaming, and culture. Douglas K. Smith is widely acknowledged to be among the world's leading management innovators and thinkers. His books include On Value and Values, Fumbling the Future, Make Success Measurable, and Taking Charge of Change.
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