In Great Business Teams, renowned business consultant Howard M. Guttman takes you inside some of the world's most successful corporations—Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Mars Incorporated, and L'Oréal, to name a few—to discover how a powerful new high-performance horizontal model has changed the way leaders lead, team members function, challenges are met, and decisions are made. He also reveals how and why the organizations that have implemented this innovative team structure have become great companies, able to ride the crosscurrents during lean times and truly soar when opportunities arise.
Guttman bases his keen insights on more than twenty-five years of work with major corporations. In Great Business Teams, you will meet thirty-nine senior executives from twenty-five standout companies, whom he has interviewed in depth and whose performance he has tracked over time. This hands-on guide delivers all of the insights, techniques, and hard-won wisdom needed to create, operate, and sustain well-run and effective business teams that consistently achieve the highest levels of performance.
Follow Novartis Oncology's CEO and his action teams as they successfully neutralize a competitor's new product, which had been projected to grab twenty to thirty percent of market share. Learn how newly reorganized teams in Mars Inc.'s Latin American Division moved from double-digit losses to double-digit growth in a single year. These and many other tales from the trenches show you how to:
Ratchet up team performance to get stellar results year after year
Become a high-performance leader and motivate others to become high-performance players
Align teams to drive up performance
Redefine the concept of individual and team accountability
Develop the skills to make every team member a leader
Improve results through the "distributive decision-making" model
Create great teams throughout your organization
Great teams do more than improve a company's performance; they continually raise the bar and redefine what "high performance" means. Read Great Business Teams, crack the code, and transform your organization into teams of highly motivated top performers who are ready, willing, and able to respond to any business challenge.
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"Our managing board has been working with Howard Guttman, and his impact on our organization has been remarkable. His book provides a depth of strategic insight into how best to drive up organization performance. Along the way, he explains the high-performance 'horizontal' vision, dissects its implications for leaders and their teams, and advances an important new concept of 'distributive power.' The senior team examples make this book uniquely relevant to C-suite players."
—Massimo F. D'Amore, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages
"Several years ago, with Howard Guttman's guidance, Mars North America embarked on the journey to high performance. Today, our organization is living proof that high-performing teams are the basis of high-performing businesses. Great Business Teams provides an excellent guide to companies that would like to embark on a similar journey."
—Robert J. Gamgort, President, North America, Mars Incorporated
"Great Business Teams is an original and provocative approach to building high-performing teams. Howard Guttman digs deeply into the dynamics of organizational life to discover the 'code' for standout performance, which enables leaders and their teams to achieve significant results now and well into the future."
—Frances Hesselbein, founding President and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Leader to Leader Institute; Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom
"Great Business Teams presents a compelling case for having teams work horizontally to achieve standout performance. Howard Guttman's recommendations promote a 'speak up' mentality, which ultimately leads teams to significantly increase innovation and efficiency. This book will challenge your management assumptions and change the way your leaders lead."
—Vicki Rawlinson, Vice President and Global Head, Human Resources, Novartis Oncology
"Howard Guttman's book puts into context what it means to actually develop high-performing teams. This is much more than an academic exercise; it gives you practical ways to get started, at all levels of management, today. It is the key process I use for developing leaders and generating high performance within my organization."
—Michael E. Sneed, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
This book should be required reading for all managers and executives.
Great Business Teams will find its way into my classroom, but I'm even more excited about applying the ideas in this book to the teams that I help lead.
Great techniques for leaders to reach into their teams to identify strengths and barriers to high performance.
Guttman's thesis is amazingly simple: Treat the people on your team as though they have a personal investment in the team's decisions. What a concept! Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by Joel Greenwald
One of the biggest challenges in any organization is how to respond to conflicts. Many times we tend to compromise to please others but Howard in this book explains why it's... Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Patrick Bet-David
This is worth a read for those interested in team performance and management. The author uses the case study method of getting his main points across, which I found useful from a... Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Samuel Albrecht
Howard Guttman gives readers a sophisticated view of all the factors that go into creating high-performing, exceptionally successful teams. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by Rolf Dobelli
Reviewing business books requires a degree of rigor, to understand the applicable benefits of the content. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by J. LABODA
Howard Gutman's "Great Business Teams" cuts through academic theory and shows how companies in the real world are getting the most out of teams. Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by J. Fellows
Howard Guttman has a talent for translating what used to be thought of as a touchy feely topic into high impact, pragmaic leadership practices that get outstanding results. Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by J. L. Wions