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Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from teams that changed their worlds

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ISBN-13: 978-0273702184
ISBN-10: 0273702181
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Editorial Reviews


''Shows how to play to the standards of some of the greatest, uncompromising, creative and catalytic teams of our times. Plenty of readable, sound advice for us all.''
Long Range Planning, March 2007

"[Boynton and Fischer] offer a range of examples that is far more inspiring than the usual.  What a relief, and what a pleasure to read... the case studies are excellent." - The Financial Times, July 2005


"There is a good idea behind the book and it is well-written…" - Personnel Today, January 2006

From the Back Cover

Lead a very special kind of team. The virtuoso team.

At the heart of a great change or creative breakthrough you will often find a dynamic team of inspired individuals who work together to break out of the commonplace and make something remarkable happen.  A team that generates more creativity, more energy and the very best performance. The rules of the game are different for virtuoso teams and their leaders. From transforming jazz music to triumphing in polar exploration, they can explode “work as usual” if let free to make it happen.

This book will show you how to play to the standards of some of the greatest uncompromising, creative and catalytic teams of our times.


"I never thought I would be extolling the virtues of a book on Virtuoso Teams unless it specifically pertained to baseball. Nevertheless here I am praising a book on the advisability of developing Virtuoso Teams regardless of the type of organization in which you belong.

If you aspire to develop an organization of high-performers or take an organization of high-performers to an even higher 'next level' Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer's Virtuoso Teams is a definite must read!”


George M. Steinbrenner III, Owner and Managing General Partner, New York Yankees Baseball Club


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press (November 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273702181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273702184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanghai Wendy on July 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Too often books on teams take case studies from sports teams. This book draws real life examples of teams who had breakthrough experiences - from TV script writers to Antartic exploration, to oil reserves. The last section of the book has a very practical "how to do it yourself" guide to apply it to your own business or community challenge. As a buisness owner and Chairman I will be using these ideas with my people. The step by step guide on how to build your own Virtuoso team and do a "Deep Dive" is easy to follow and I believe would make sense in all cultures ( I have 10 different nationalities in my business) . It is a useful addition to the body of literature on teams - highly recommended
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Blackburn on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Boynton and Fisher have produced a small gem of a book that provides a refreshing, and some might say a revolutionary view of how to staff and manage transformational teams. They support their non-traditional perspective on to build virtuosity into collective endeavors by offering brief, but thoroughly engaging histories of seven such remarkable teams. Sharing the ins and outs of such diverse collaborative efforts as the production of West Side Story, the Manhattan Project, the light bulb, Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, Amundsen's successful voyage to the South Pole, Miles Davis' revolutionary jazz recordings, and Norsk Hydro's crisis management approach, Boynton and Fisher discern seven lessons for how virtuoso teams can drive transformational change.

1. Virtuoso team leaders drive the culture, vision, and action within the team context.

2. Virtuoso team leaders recruit the very best talent and never settle for what's available.

3. Virtuoso team leaders double-stretch the customer and the team to achieve ambitious goals.

4. Virtuoso team leaders spotlight the individual "I" within the team, and not the conventional "we."

5. Organizations cultivate a marketplace for talent within the organization to facilitate the creation of virtuoso teams.

6. Virtuoso team leaders actively span boundaries and act as powerful conduits of ideas.

7. Virtuoso team leaders stimulate idea flow by managing space, processes, and time. (p. 3)

To insure that virtuoso teams work, the authors share "a systematic process that can serve as a catalyst to higher team performance." (p.
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By Marnix Mali on December 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Virtuoso Teams is a great book. Not only for its very insightful lessons of history but moreover for its truly stimulating content: When discussing this book with colleagues and friends, everyone had at least one example of a virtuoso team to which they once belonged.

And this probably is the greatest asset of this book, that it will trigger you to once again create the conditions to a virtuoso team and to relive that great successful experience!

Marnix Mali
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By K. Allen on April 18, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It is written in a readable format and covers the concept of virtuoso teams well. Not only does it share several examples of such teams and what made them succeed, it also gives guidelines on how to set up and run a virtuoso team when needed.
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