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Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity, and Results Hardcover – December 13, 2010

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (December 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071746749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071746748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ives on February 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMo on February 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Buchen, CEO - Sr Leadership Coach on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After 35 years in corporate America coaching business executives, I believe Tom Kayser's book to be the BEST BOOK that connects leadership and team building theory with best practice implementation techniques. Building Team Power could be titled Building Leader Power! It's that effective in developing leadership skills to achieve critical business outcomes.

This is a thought-provoking "How To" guidebook that will give any leader at any level new tools to add to their portfolio. The author has done extensive research, field-tested, and refined ways to effectively apply the techniques he recommends. He tells you what works by using proven models and specific examples and he ends each chapter with reflective questions that challenge the reader to think and write down what she/he will do differently going forward.

Kayser's writing is like having a personal executive coach giving you the tools, as well as the ways to use them, to become a more effective leader of your team at work. Do not hesitate to buy this book. READ IT AND SUCCEED!
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