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Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity, and Results [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Kayser
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Book Description

The collaborative team-building guidebook that takes Mining Group Gold one step further

“Now more than ever before, organizations need to build and maintain a culture of trust and collaboration. This updated edition of Building Team Power brings Tom Kayser’s important concepts to a new generation of leaders. Read this book and take its lessons to heart—you can’t afford not to.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

“A must-read for individuals wishing to build successful teams in today’s complex, highly interconnected, and global environments. Having worked directly with Tom over the years, I can confirm that his principles work!”
—Jim Stoffel, Executive Partner, Trillium-Group, LLC, and previously Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak and Vice President and General Manager, Xerox

“A well-organized toolkit of ready-to-use techniques to enable fast, cross-silo, teambased problem solving and value creation—critical new capabilities in our increasingly competitive industry!”
—Dr. Jean A. Dames, Senior Manager, Strategic Sales & Leadership Effectiveness, American Express

“Tom Kayser is an author worth reading. His book, Building Team Power, is about how to help teams collaborate and win in today’s highly competitive marketplace. This is a significant addition to the existing business literature on work team collaboration. Read it and become a better leader.”
—John Vester III, Principal, Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Service

“Tom Kayser delves into the intrinsic values that unleash the full potential of teams. Building Team Power is a must for every leader!”
—Rose Fass, Founder and CEO, fassforward consulting group

Building Team Power is to your team what the owner’s manual is to your car: the onestop resource for how it works, how to maintain it, and what to do first if it breaks down.”
—Ed Muzio, CEO, Group Harmonics, Inc.; author of Make Work Great

After 30 years at Xerox and in the course of his consulting work, Tom Kayser discovered a major shift in how people work. The old school of rigid “command-and-control” management no longer gets results. To stay productive and competitive in today’s world, the key word is “collaboration.” By studying and isolating what makes teams succeed in the workplace, Kayser has developed a system of proven team-building techniques that anyone can apply to his or her own group situations. His step-by-step program shows you how to:

  • Solve problems faster, smarter, and better
  • Delegate work more effectively and efficiently
  • Manage conflicts and interpersonal issues
  • Build mutual trust among your people
  • Make wiser decisions at every level

Building Team Power is filled with clear examples and powerful exercises to help you put theory into practice. You’ll discover seven proven strategies for improving your team, key brainstorming techniques for group meetings, analytic tools for problem solving, and a six-step collaborative model for all occasions. You’ll learn how to capture your market, reduce costs, and improve quality by unleashing the untapped, collaborative genius of your people and your teams. You’ll find out how to do things right the first time, every time, adding value to your products and services while being more agile and responsive than your competitors. Plus, you’ll read a fascinating case study of one company dealing with budget cuts in today’s tough economy. This is how you unlock the collaborative power of the people around you.

Editorial Reviews


Tom Kayser brings the principles of collaboration to life.  This book is a must read for managers in both the public and private sector.
-- Michael D. Watkins, speaker and aurhor of The First 90 Days and Your Next Move

Building Team Power is to your team what the owner's manual is to your car: the one-stop source for how it works, how to maintain it, and what to do if it breaks down. 
--Ed Muzio, CEO, Group Harmonics, Inc.; author of Make Work Great

This updated edition of Building Team Power brings Kayser's important concepts to a new generation of leaders.  Read BTP and take its lessons to heart; you can't afford not to.
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

Building Team Power systematically breaks down the barriers keeping groups from being effective.  It promises to be a useful reference for diagnosing and healing dysfuntional work groups.
--Bob Nelson, author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees

From the Author

THE NEED FOR THIS BOOK.  After the publication and favorable reception accorded the three editions of my first book, Mining Group Gold: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1990, 1995, 2011), and the popularity of the first edition of Building Team Power (Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin, 1994), I knew I was on to something that went beyond casual interest.

My 30 years of experience at Xerox leading and facilitating every possible type of organization effectiveness intervention, my debates with colleagues both inside and outside of Xerox, my interactions with clients as part of my current consulting practice, my discussions with my wife, Carol, who has worked with a number of school districts and industrial firms teaching and applying collaborative principles, along with my review of the business literature, all have validated the same thing time after time.

New and experienced managers alike lack the necessary mental maps, the keen understanding, and the crisp fundamentals for being a collaborative leader building collaborative partnerships within and across teams.

New managers most often do not have this know-how simply because of their managerial inexperience. Many experienced managers, on the other hand, lack collaborative skills and insights because they grew up in the centralized, command-and-control bureaucracy where large merit increases, promotions, bonuses, lavish offices, and other forms of reward and recognition went to those managers who were best at dictating and directing. In those order-giving organizations, nurturing collaboration and teamwork was not a highly valued managerial behavior. Because it was looked upon as being soft and weak, as well as a sure-fire career killer, skill development in building and facilitating collaborative partnerships was squashed.

While this medieval thinking still exists in many places today, you can no longer allow it to predominate and drive your company's culture. If your organization does not understand or believe in utilizing the power of collaboration--or dismisses it as some passing fad--you are riding down the same highway to marketplace failure or irrrelevancy as ___________________(fill in the blank).

Figuring out ways to do things right the first time, every time; creating products and services that delight your customers and distress your competitors; forming and implementing strategies and structures to capture and hold market share; and studying and reconfiguring work processes to slice costs and improve quality are huge tasks requiring the collaborative genius of your entire organization. It is irrelevant whether your establishment is in the public sector or private sector, is a producer of goods or services, or is for profit or is nonprofit--a culture of collaboration up, down, sideways, and diagonally within and across every corner of your organization is mandatory for success in today's global marketplace. You cannot afford to have it any other way.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2282 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (December 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Team Building Training Handbook February 23, 2013
Building Team Power by Thomas Kayser examines the structural mechanisms and behavioral traits that combined to create highly collaborative teams. Thomas provides practical, detailed methods for leaders at every level of the organization to foster and enhance the collaboration between team members in six critical areas:

- Mutual Trust
- Decision-Making
- Consensus Building
- Conflict Management
- Delegation Effectiveness
- Team Problem Solving (two scenarios)

I like Building Team Power for its immediately actionable insights into enhancing team collaboration at any level within an organization. I found Thomas’s methods to be deeply insightful, originating from sound academic principle and refined with real world experience during his thirty years at Xerox. Building Team Power is highly prescriptive, complete with process flows and charts that convey to the reader how to implement the team building methods.

If I had one critisism of Building Team Power, it would be that the procedure-like formatting of the methods provided would be impractical to implement in a team setting. That said, I believe the book would make an excellent tool to create management training courses and teamwork checklists and guides.

Building Team Power embodies many of the principles StrategyDriven recommends in building highly aligned and accountable organizations. Additionally, it mirrors many of our decision-making best practices. For these reasons, its academic foundation and real world refinement, and its implementability, Building Team Power is a StrategyDriven recommended read.

All the Best,
Nathan Ives
StrategyDriven Principal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building Team Power... POWERFUL! February 12, 2011
By JMo
I have been an advocate of the concepts that Thomas Kayser introduced in his book "Mining Group Gold." My organization has seen the benefits of harnessing the power of more effective meetings and involving teammates. "Building Team Power" is a perfect companion! This not only builds on the concepts collaboration and consensus building, but also expands on conflict management and delegation. Perhaps one of the greatest parts of "Building Team Power" is the methods discussed for team problem solving. I can tell you first hand that incorporating this systematic and collaborative method of problem solving will create real, effective, and sustainable solutions! Too often in the past, we have all wasted time coming up with problem solutions that do not work. A key reason for this is that these ideas are put forth without really understanding the problem. The process that Thomas Kayser teaches in this book eliminates that.

If you want to see your organization or team grow and maximize results, "Building Team Power" is without a doubt an excellent tool for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars *Excellent* Tools for Leaders in Business December 18, 2012
I have used Tom's concepts, and books for sixteen years and believe them to be the most powerful tools I have. Tom's writings and teachings are actionable, can provide immediate and sustaining success and refreshingly pre-date the "who moved my cheese" movement and all such modern ideas that really just build on top of a well-established foundation.

"Building Team Power" and "Mining Group Gold" quite simply should be required reading for all leaders in business!
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