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Go Team! Take Your Team to the Next Level Hardcover – March 10, 2005

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Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard (Escondido, CA). A prominent author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. Alan is a consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard companies and is author or co-author of six books -- two of which have been international best sellers on Empowerment. Peter Grazier (Chadds Ford, PA) is the founder of Teambuilding, Inc. He has worked with well over one hundred organizations in all industries throughout North America and Europe focusing on teambuilding, and his work has been noted in more than eighty publications including The Wall Street Journal.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Edition edition (March 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lars Bergstrom VINE VOICE on November 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The overall message of the book - delegate decision making authority down into your team but provide them with overall direction - is a great message I totally agree with. However, the way in which it was presented left it somewhat unactionable as most of the content focuses on desired results and expected emotional responses rather than on details of how to make an effective transition to this organizational style. The book is strewn with examples from companies that have "made the change" and talks about how they improved profitability, morale, and retention. Those stories unfortunately focus on the results and not on what specific changes were made or how those changes were rolled out into the teams. This book felt more like a sales pitch for his consulting company than a book on how to lead this sort of change yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bas Vodde on January 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Go Team is a small 140 page book and I expected it to be a nice easy read. Instead, I found a horrible book that was a struggle to get through the 140 pages that it was. It was slow, enormously repetitive, shallow, naive and so "selling" that it made me want to puke! After finishing this book, I didn't really want to read any other book anymore. (and of my 180 Amazon review, I believe this is my first 1 star review)

The book is about how to build teams, or what the author calls "next-level teams" which is a hyped version of just "teams." Next-Level Teams are teams that 1) Share information, 2) have clear boundaries, and 3) manage themselves (make decisions). In the first chapter, the author says he will take you through the 3 steps for becoming a next-level team:

Step 1: Begin learning next level skills
Step 2: Accelerate change
Step 3: Master the skills

The book consist of eleven chapters, which are basically 9 chapters plus an introduction and an ending chapter. These nine chapters are three chapters for each step. So for step 1 (Begin learning next level skills) there are three chapters for each of the three skills (share information, boundaries, decisions).

Considering this, chapter two is about "information sharing" in step 1. Then chapter five tells the reader they need to share more information and chapter eight says they need to share even more information. Likewise, chapter three is about setting the boundary for the team and chapter six then talks about need to expand the boundary and chapter nine tells you to expand it further. And... that is basically the whole book. (If you would remove the stories, you could automatically generate part of the book!
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By Ash Ryan on January 22, 2015
Format: Audio CD
Go Team! is something of a departure for Blanchard, in that it's not written in his usual parable style (like The One Minute Manager, Whale Done!, etc.). But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as it still presents some valuable principles, just in a more straightforward fashion.

Here, Blanchard and his coauthors make the case for managers delegating greater responsibility to their subordinates, thereby freeing up more of their own time for higher-level functions. They emphasize that it's still necessary to define clear goals and boundaries for team members, but these can and should be broadened. They also discuss the importance of creating an environment of trust so that information will be shared freely in all directions.

For an excellent in-depth case study of many of these principles, consider reading this together with Ed Catmull's book on what he's learned from running Pixar, Creativity, Inc. (particularly the sections on Brain Trust meetings and the final chapter on Notes Day). And for more exploration of delegation, including some specific tactics, check out Tim Ferriss's The 4-hour Workweek.
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