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I started very skeptical, ended up humbled.
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2013
When I first started this book I had recently finished The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, also by Maxwell. I thoroughly enjoyed The 21. When I started The 17 I immediately thought that this book was just a regurgitation of The 21 and that Maxwell was going to milk the series for all its worth.
In looking back I still find the first few sections light and common sense. But I hung in there and I'm glad I did. There are section later that challenged my thinking and the way I lead my team.
I'm personally not a fan of all the sports references and all the talking about his own organization that Maxwell does, but points are well made. Not all the how-tos and details of team is given, but most sections are great springboards or foundations to get you moving in the right direction.
For example, now I feel like I know where I need to go for more resources, what questions to ask, what first steps to take to enrich my team. No, this book isn't the end-all and be-all of everything team, but it can provide a new environment in your mind for how you approach teams.
So, I was enriched by this book and have recommended it to friends already. I will also reference it in the future and the notes and highlights that I wrote in it.