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The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos, and Author of Delivering Happiness
“Truly groundbreaking. Gostick and Elton take us to new heights in cultivating great teams. This book will bring you world-class results!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Coach and Author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“From the first story to the last, The Orange Revolution captivated me. Chock full of solid research, inspiring stories and practical tips on how to turn your group into a breakthrough team. Their 100 ways to bring your team together is alone worth the price of the book.
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership.
"This book captures the true essence of leadership and how leaders develop teams that make a difference and truly work.”
—GJ Hart, President & CEO, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
“The book is a blueprint for revolutionary team performance. It is a neo-classic.”
—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group
“A rare and extraordinary business book, The Orange Revolution contains everything you need to cultivate a breakthrough team.”
—Matt Davis, CEO, Pets at Home (UK’s largest pet store chain)
"The Orange Revolution should be required reading for all people leaders wishing to unleash the power of their workforce and create an ongoing fountain of high performance.”
—David Kasiarz, Senior VP of Global Compensation and Benefits, American Express
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In The Orange Revolution, they share the results of a 350, 000 person survey (involving participants from 28 different industries) to identify the characteristics of the most effective teams. By now, we know a great deal about great non-athletic teams such the Disney animators who created so many film classics (e.g. Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, and Dumbo), the Manhattan Project, Lockheed's "Skunk Works," and Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). In fact, some of the most important business books written in recent years have focused on teamwork and they include several written by these authors: Chip and Dan Heath (Switch), Jon Katzenbach (The Wisdom of Teams and Managing Outside the Lines), John Kotter (A Sense of Urgency and Buy-In), Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), and James O'Toole (Leading Change). All are worthy of careful consideration as primary sources for teams involved in change initiatives.
So, why another book on change? No other book of which I am aware, on the subject of breakthrough teams, is driven by research/evidence to the extent this one is.Read more ›
On the positive side, this is a well-researched book with its analysis from 350,000 people involved in "Best Company" surveys. The book examines the factors that engaged those folks and produced the highest employee rankings. They are the "Basic 4 + Recognition" as the book calls it:
1. Good goal setting (goals appropriate to team strengths; realistic; uplifting)
2. Good communication (problem identification; ideas shared freely; useful info passed on; took time to listen to team members)
3. Trust in what the company/department/team says
4. Accountability (everyone holds everyone else accountable)
+ Recognition (The most powerful of all of these factors; includes, especially, peer-to-peer recognition)
The authors provide deep research around these points, and companies that excel on all of these factors generally have highly engaged workforces.
The book further moves onto "The Rule of 3: Cultivating a Team", which are "Wow" (how can we be excellent), "No Surprises" (open, forthright, positive communication), and "Cheer" (root for each other). More helpful information.
They then move deeper into "Wow", with "Six Secret Ingredients to World Class Results"; deeper into "No Surprises" with eight topics, and "Cheer" with five tips and many stories.
If you are following the numbers here, that's a lot of material covered here - perhaps too much. On the other hand, focussing on the eight key ideas (Basics + Recognition & The Rule of 3) can probably advance your team or company a great deal.Read more ›
It's a refreshing, easy, and entertaining read with a lot of good pointers and helpful examples. One important take-away is that the characteristics of great teams are not flashy. They are incredibly fundamental. Too many managers try to leap frog the fundamentals in search of breakthroughs when it's the fundamentals that are required if one has any hope of achieving the coveted breakthrough.
--Nick McCormick, Author, "Acting Up Brings Everyone Down" and "Lead Well and Prosper"
While there is no shortage on books on "management" in general and "teams" in particular, what makes this book different are the first hand examples, the organizations cited, the mindset change that occurs when high-performing real teams are formed, their characteristics, how they function, their strengths, and the optimistic and uplifting message in how one great team can transform an entire organization.
Since the findings and conclusions are supported by detailed statistical analysis of over 350,000 participants from 28 industries, it is very likely that the industry that your company belongs to is most likely represented in this book.
Here is a small sampling of quotes that await you:
- Every person in the company has a voice in deciding the overarching cause.
- They thought creatively to solve a problem.
- They functioned as a support for each other, keeping cool when things looked bad.
- Each member of the crew was extremely proficient at his job, and each trusted the others implicitly, and each was ready to sacrifice for the whole.
There are very specific steps for you as a leader (of any portion of your company) that you can use to form great teams - regardless of the size of the team.
Here are two of the attributes of companies where high performing teams can form:
- I feel I can trust what this organization tells me
- Leaders of this organization are open to input from employees
As with some books in this genre, there is information about free resources awaiting those that buy the book, tools you can use for your own company. These resources augment steps senior leadership in any organization can take to truly transform their own organization from the grounds up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent resource. Clear and to the point. It's principles work.. William A. Welch, Sr. Ed.D.Published 6 months ago by William
Love the principles espoused by Adrian and Chester. Wish they hadn't sold out to O.C. Tanner.Published 11 months ago by Michael D. Sisson
An extremely transformative read for leaders of any type of team, group or organization. This book provides very tangible and relatable examples of leadership in action and how... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emilee
It was interesting at first and made some points around the power and importance of team, however I could not get through it due to the redundancy and just telling story after... Read morePublished 17 months ago by PenName
The book is well written and to the point. If taken to heart, a lot of ministries will avoid problems with preferring or choosing leaders that they think are a God sent.Published 23 months ago by Terry
An interesting book necessary to be rad not only by managers but mostly by employees to understand the world we live and the changes we need to understand. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Jurij Kobal
I was dreading reading this for work, but once I started reading the book it was full of so much useful information.Published on July 25, 2013 by Julie W.
There are definitely no surprises in this book in recognizing great teams and citing examples of certain companies that have used their creative talents to foster an environment at... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Eric Wang
Great book. We used it for our book club at work. Was able to apply it to our work environment.Published on June 1, 2013 by Tanya