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High Five! The Magic of Working Together Hardcover – December 26, 2000
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High Five! starts with otherwise exemplary exec Alan Foster losing his job because--you guessed it--he isn't a team player. Unemployed, bored, and demoralized, he decides to coach his fifth-grade son's failing hockey team into better shape. But it's not until he enlists the help of Miss Weatherby, an aging African-American retired teacher and champion girls' basketball coach that things really start to turn around. As we follow the struggle of the increasingly well-oiled Warriors machine as they drill, strategize, and bond their way through the season, we learn some of the fundamental lessons of what makes good teams--and good team-building by coaches and managers. Among them are "repeated reward and repetition," the guiding notion that "none of us is as smart as all of us," and four key traits that shall here remain undisclosed (hint: their acronym spells PUCK).
As fiction goes, don't expect high literature here. But to its credit, the book's ending isn't 100 percent happy, either. If you worry that the aged but whip-smart Weatherby might die at the end, don't--instead, she becomes perhaps the world's first octogenarian, black female management consultant. As books on teamwork go, Blanchard's latest is on the lighter side, but it still packs a fair share of commonsense wisdom when it comes to putting together, motivating, and sustaining work teams worthy of the Stanley Cup. And it may even have inaugurated a new fiction genre: the organizational tearjerker. --Timothy Murphy
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
Currently, she holds the position of senior researcher for the Office of the Future at The Ken Blanchard Companies. She is also a faculty and board member for the Masters in Executive Leadership program at the University of San Diego. Eunice received her doctorate in behavioral sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the NTL Institute, a licensed psychologist, and a certified organizational consultant.
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The benefits of that are many. First, the players will get a role model of how to cooperate in order to be more effective. Second, the coaches will learn how to be better leaders, and will be able to use that skill in other areas of their lives. Third, the parents will learn what to encourage their children to do in order to get the most from the team experience, and this will bring parents and their children closer together.
The book's fable boils down to four key principles:
(1) The team needs a shared purpose, values and goals.
(2) Skills need to be developed individually that enhance the team's effectiveness.
(3) Enhance team effectiveness by integrating the individual skills properly.
(4) Repeatedly reward and recognize individuals for taking actions that enhance team effectiveness.
A weakness of the fable is that it doesn't give enough attention to how to achieve the first principle for the typical team. My suggestion is that you poll your players before the first practice to find out what their purposes, goals, and values are. Then hold a meeting to discuss what you learned, and build a consensus from there. My experience has been that 99 percent of the players want to have fun, want to improve, and win at least a few games.Read more ›
This would be a great read for our kid's coaches too!
This team NEVER won a tournament.
The new coach who joins this team analyses the problem and changes the reward mechanism.
The player who scored the goal gets 1 point.
The player who passed the puck to the scorer gets 2 points.
The goalkeeper who prevented a hostile goal gets 3 points.
There was also weightage for the factor (Goals scored/ No of strikes).
Suddenly this team starts playing differently. More goals are scored than before and the team starts winning match after match.
Alan Foster is this new coach. Alan had recently lost his job for lack of team skills. He is guided by Miss Weatherby, an aging African-American retired teacher and champion girls' basketball coach.
There is lots of similarity between a sports team and teams at the work place. This book is a superb training guide for scoring team goals - for the Organization.
The problem for me is putting the lessons into action.
This book summarizes a number of strategies for getting a team to work together. Like other Blanchard book it's a quick read (less than 3 hours if you're a reasonably fast reader).
Wayne Gretzky, the world's best hocky player of all time, holds all kinds of records for goals scored. What made him so exceptional though was his goals assist record: The number of times he set up his team mates to score.
If you work for a Neanderthal organization that still values individual success at the expense of team success don't complain that this book isn't realistic and doesn't reflect the real world in corporate America. I've got news for you. The cheese has moved. High Five! is the real world. Winning organizations have moved. Companies that will be around to give you a pay check in the future are those that have high performing people alright, but the definition of high performing won't be the puck hogs. Star performers will be those who, like Gretzky, can score themselves, but whose real genius is lifting the rest of the team to perform better.
High Five! shows that people working together as a team create something the book calls team skills and these team skills are more than the sum of all the individual skills. Team skills allow people to accomplish and achieve far more together than they ever could on their own. This is how team based organizations have moved the cheese and why companies who stick with puck hogs will be left behind. Puck hogs are great when they go one on one against the competion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. I was at a luncheon with the CEO of Tyson's Chicken and the CEO, Donny Smith, was talking about how fantastic this book was and how he has everyone read it... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great price and delivery. Great story with applicable understanding of team building techniques.Published 23 days ago by Henry H. Beiro
This could have been a pamphlet. Not enough good info for a book.Very,very elementary read. My boss asked to borrow it, but I don't want him to think that this is my level of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Just me
Really enjoying this team building insight, from an author who makes reading his writing so easy.Published 8 months ago by Lori Kaye Lynch
This book is amazing! It is really an extended parable. Very inspiring! Great story, meanings are crystal clear. The principles are clear and very applicable to life.Published 11 months ago by Delta Girl