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Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times: Unlocking the Genius of Creative Collaboration Hardcover – August, 2001

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While assembling teams is often painless, compelling them to remain highly productive is challenging. The key to effective teamwork, say the authors, lies in 10 essential steps that involve giving each team a significant raison d'etre and encourage change and risk. Despite engaging writing, some of the content is rather tame: suggestions include "Sit in a different chair every meeting" and "Look for positives versus negatives." First-time team members will benefit from this book; more experienced employees may be disappointed.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Lisa Gundry -- Lisa Gundry, Ph.D., is an expert in innovation, creativity and team collaboration. A professor of management at DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago and pioneer of their Creativity in Business MBA course, she has co-authored two other books, including BluePrints for Innovation. Laurie LaMantia -- Laurie LaMantia is the co-founder of an award-winning, internal Lucent Technologies venture dedicated to nurturing an environment for creativity and innovation at Bell Laboratories. She earned her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Dearborn Trade Pub (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793142733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793142736
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Grigoriou on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times as a title sorely undersells the value of this text. This book clearly understands and beautifully elicits how to unlock, as well as grow, the creative problem solving genius within each of us. Its 10 principles to establish collaborative teams are not mathematically derived or drawn from Meta analysis. As a leader of teams, this book has got its fundamental tenets correct - we all want to be our primal self and contribute all our talents to create and solve problems. By understanding the basic tenets of human nature - honesty with oneself, finding our true passions and living with integrity, Gundry and LaMantia have shown the way.
Although there are numerous `teams' books written, few if any authors have trawled to deeply understand the building blocks of what makes an extraordinarily productive team - individuals who are truly honest with what they want from life, consciously make choices, speak with conviction and integrity, respect, honor and promote those around them. Truly collaborative teams that sustain breakthroughs as well as adapt and grow from adversity require, first and foremost, honest people. Gundry and LaMantia have to be congratulated for not only establishing the human principles required for establishing great teams, yet ask the questions we each should each pose to ourselves to experience a more fulfilling and whole life.
Following significant reflection of this text, the authors are correct in arguing that there is very little we have to learn so as to work together with a high degree of effectiveness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Breakthrough for Life on September 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Gundry and LaMantia have done an exceptional job teaching the essence of team collaboration and innovation to achieve unforeseen possibilities. "Breakthrough's" mentoring tone outlines the ten critical principles needed to optimize team and individual creativity, performance and success. The authors' contagious excitement draw the reader in, as he/she is taken through a step-by-step course of how to effectively and simply "breakthrough" in life and in work.
The concepts presented by the Gundry and LaMantia are not new or hard to learn, but two things stand out that make this book important. First, the authors present their material in a comprehensive and unique process that is easy to follow, implement and teach. Second, the authors' consistent reinforcement of key fundamentals and the underlying meaning as to "why it is important" are at the core of collaboration. --Highly recommended.
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Gundry and LaMantia have done an excellent job of putting together this valuable "handbook" on teambuilding and leadership. They do an exceptionally good job of finding very distinctive "experts" to represent each of the ten principals. Each expert brings a different perspective to the book and added depth and life to the words. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to develop their collaborative team-building skills. The authors taught me that dream teams are not out of reach, but rather very attainable with the right tools. This book, I believe, gives you the right tools to be successful whether a team member or team leader!
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By A. Giusto on August 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book shows how a team can tap into its unique brand of vision and "street smarts" to create a fresh approach to doing business. Not about becoming a well-oiled machine, "Breakthrough" is about doing the personal and collective work (emphasis on work) it takes to support a collaborative spirit that (in the words of poet Wallace Stevens) "is fluent in even the wintriest bronze." The authors know this work is not for the faint of heart, but they maintain a tone of encouragement throughout that just might convince a reader to dip a toe into the stream.
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By Christopher Emmerich on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was required reading for an MBA class at DePaul University. You know how most "required reading" books go, quite dry and boring. This book, however, is just the opporsite. It's a quick read and informs the reader on so many levles to creating a highly functional, cohesive and creative work group.

Implement this book and the issues of employee satisfaction will disappear!

Well worth investing time and the small price to purchase the book. Keep it as a reference!
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