Workplace teams are supposed to harness employees' talents to tackle challenges. But the reality often falls short...
Now imagine having a team where everyone steps up and performs all of the leadership tasks. Imagine a team that is constantly sharing knowledge and pushing the envelope--one that does long term planning and produces outstanding performance.
A Team of Leaders shows readers how to design systems that nurture the leadership potential of every employee--the key to creating high-performance teams. The book's proven principles and techniques include:
● The Five-Stage Team Development Model that maps the transition from traditional to self-directed teams
● Best practices in team process design
● A Team Value Creation Tool that allows members to appreciate the significance of what they contribute each day
● Visual Management
● And more
Filled with real-world examples, this fresh approach transforms passive groups of disparate people into effective teams of leaders--workplace teams that work!
No matter how many good people you gather, most workplace teams settle into the same old rut. Once the initial enthusiasm dissipates, they become little more than order takers, satisfied with so-so results.
A Team of Leaders offers a completely new way to approach the team experience and an empowering formula for improving performance. At the core of the team dilemma is a little-known truth: It’s not the people who need to change but the design of the team that needs an overhaul.
By improving the core design components—the systems, the processes, knowledge management, and visual management—you’ll get far better results. Unmotivated teams will be transformed into energized groups of employees who take responsibility for long-term outcomes.
It all starts with the Five-Stage Team Development Model, which outlines a distinct set of characteristics that teams exhibit as they move from traditional Stage 1, leader-directed teams to self-managed Stage 5 teams full of knowledgeable people who think and act like leaders. The book supplies the tools, processes, and principles for putting them on this path to reinvention. It explains how to:
• Incorporate the Team Design Model into your plans and recognize the importance of choosing the right team structure, information systems, people systems, and more
• Design integrated processes that support leadership growth, from on-boarding new members to building capabilities to managing disengagement
• Adapt a Value Creation Tool that pinpoints the contribution each team member makes each day—and highlights the urgency of everyone pulling together
• Capture and quickly disseminate the key knowledge that teams need to become effective, self-managing units
• Use visual management techniques to highlight critical organizational requirements, keep people focused on goals, improve information sharing, and more
As the authors point out: “Teams are perfectly designed to get the results that they get.” Lackadaisical design brings lackluster outcomes. But rigorous design can transform a meh team into a motivated group that continually strives for outstanding performance—a team of leaders.
Paul Gustavson is an organizational design consultant and the founder of Organization Planning & Design, Inc. (OPD), which helps companies around the world create and sustain high-performance teams. He is the former chair of the Marriott School of Management’s OB/HR Advisory Board and coauthor of The Power of Living by Design and Running into the Wind.
Stewart Liff is an HR and visual management expert and the president and CEO of the consulting company Stewart Liff & Associates. During his long career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, his office was selected for Vice President Al Gore’s first Hammer Award for Reinventing Government because it successfully used the principles described in this book. He is the author of five books, including Managing Government Employees and Managing Your Government Career.
This is a valuable concept for anyone to learn more about, and one that is immediately applicable in life.
This book shows you how you can create the kind of team environment that produces more engaged employees and extraordinary results for your organization.
Rothman claims that “that operating philosophy continues to guide the way we manage our company and interact with our customers.
It’s rare to come across a book that so clearly and practically lays out what it takes to create great and enduring teams. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Wayne Bush
Love this book! Gustavson and Liff hit the nail on the head when it comes to driving performance in today’s business environment. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Brett Beal
Having worked with Paul Gustavson for a short period of time I had high expectations for this book. He didn't disappoint. Paul has a clear vision of what empowers team members. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Brett Bass
Paul and Stew are clearly the gurus for team development. I have known both of them for years and their knowledge and vast experience in this area is outstanding. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Checketts
Unless you are a reclusive scientist, sequestered in the privacy of your own laboratory, working on a new remedy for toenail fungus, you have been, will be, or are now a member of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Gustavson
All I can say is "Finally!" a book that captures the leadership aspects of high performance teams from the experts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lonnie Emard
Excellent book! Powerful concepts that we've applied with our team and seen wonderful results. Paul is a master teacher with a gift of taking complex subjects and making them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff McMullin
I recently finished reading the great book, "A Team of Leaders." It is among the best books on leadership, teamwork and collaboration I have read and I have already begun to apply... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin R. Spencer
The most critical investment any organization makes is in the choice and development of its leaders. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elaine Biech