Wagner and Muller, polling executives, set out to discover what elements are critical to developing a successful team. With thousands of polling results on working relationships, they identify and explore the following eight elements of a powerful partnership and devote a chapter to each—match those who are strong in one skill with another who is weak and vice versa; pursue a common mission; fairness; trust; accept the other’s idiosyncrasies; forgiveness; good communication; and unselfishness or valuing the other’s success. Interspersing their research findings with stories and case studies, Wagner and Muller make a compelling case for their view that in our culture, which honors individual achievement, good partnerships increase our well-being and business success. They note with dismay that 16 percent of the employees polled report that they currently have no partnerships at work and 25 percent indicate that they have never had a great partnership at work. The book offers thought-provoking information and ideas for all organizations and will be a helpful resource for many library patrons. --Mary Whaley
About the Author
Rodd Wagner is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing (Gallup Press, 2006). He is a principal of Gallup, a former investigative journalist, and a former radio talk show host. Gale Muller, Ph.D., is vice chairman of Gallup.