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Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders Paperback – May 31, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1452217079 ISBN-10: 1452217076 Edition: Fourth Edition

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fourth Edition edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452217076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452217079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan A. Wheelan, PhD, is president of GDQ Associates, Inc. She was professor of Psychological Studies and faculty director of the Training and Development Center at Temple University. She has worked in a number of school, hospital, and clinical settings. Dr. Wheelan received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award in 1992. She is coeditor of The Lewin Legacy: Field Theory in Current Practice and Advances in Field Theory. She coauthored How to Discipline Without Feeling Guilty. Dr. Wheelan is the author of Facilitating Training Groups, Group Processes: A Developmental Perspective, The Handbook of Group Research and Practice, and Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders. She has written numerous articles for publication as well. Dr. Wheelan has provided consultation to a wide variety of organizations. She has led workshops and training seminars on such topics as Executive Development, The Role of the Internal Consultant, Working in Teams, Management Skills, Communication Skills, Dealing With Difficult Employees, Leadership, Conflict Management, and many more. She has been an invited speaker in Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States. Topics included group and organizational development, diversity, and conflict management.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Exhorter on February 1, 2014
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Peruse through the average leadership books today and you will find that most of them focus primarily on the top tier of any given team. Corporate America emphasizes management, athletics teams key in on the coaches, and churches center on senior pastors as the problem or solution for anything dysfunctions within the organization. In Creating Effective Teams, Susan A. Wheelan contends that the success of any given team is contingent upon the performance of all of its members. Creating Effective Teams is different from much of the popular leadership books in that the author stresses the importance of teamwork. As a bonus, Wheelan shares practical information and stories to move the reader beyond the theoretical and abstract language found in many publications.
Wheelan’s goal is communicated early in the book as she writes, “The goal of Creating Effective Teams is to translate what we’ve learned about groups and teams into straightforward, user-friendly, practical guidelines for members and leaders.” Wheelan explains throughout the work that there is a difference between groups and teams. She promotes the “team” as the goal for any group and suggests definitively that work groups become teams “when shared goals have been established and effective methods to accomplish those goals are in place.” It appears the role of the leader has not been devalued by the author – only understood in light of the entire team as they endeavor to be successful.
Because group dynamics is a crucial factor in any team, Wheelan suggests that all team members have a good understanding of the stages of group development in order to identify where and who they are as a group. She offers four stages of development every group experiences as they develop.
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By Dianna Dyer on June 24, 2014
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This book has really good information on how, when and where to use teams. The book also has an easy and fun reading style, so it is not a chore to use it.
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This book was required for my High Performance Teams class and provided a very clear and concise methodology. I will continue to use it as reference as I progress further into my career. I did not have an urge to sell this book back to the bookstore after the class was over. I recommend this book to anyone new to working in teams and organizations that require a high level of performance.
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Wheelan's book is succinct, informative, and well-written, and the book provides several excellent instruments for leaders and leadership teams to take.
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