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Creating Passion-Driven Teams Paperback – June 15, 2009
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Let me put it another way, many books on team leadership present a new angle on how to utilize old ideas of leadership. Bobinski takes a much deeper look at practical application and leads the reader step by step into creating passion-driven teams. The sub-title: How to Stop Micromanaging and Motivate People to Top Performance, is addressed early on. I love the analogy (one I have used myself many times) of equating leadership success with gardening. Being an avid gardener, I understand I don't create a successful garden; I create favorable conditions for my garden to flourish. The same applies to team leadership. You can't build a successful team, you can only create the conditions for your team to be successful and that begins with creating passion.
Based on this premise, Bobinski next looks at the curse of countless managers throughout history, micromanagement; how to identify it and how to cure it. Often as leaders, we need to just get out of the way and let our team do what they do. In this area I found it quite interesting that Bobinski points out how many people come to find themselves in positions of leadership; they did their jobs exceptionally well and were therefore promoted up the ladder. Sound familiar?Read more ›
"In the information age, we have shifted to an economy that is primarily service based. A service-based economy's primary assets are people and their innate ability to identify and solve problems - to innovate with purpose. In this "how to" book, Dan highlights the almost unlimited upside to unlocking the potential of individuals and teams working toward common goals.
When reading a book, I first peruse the table of contents to get a sense of what is covered. When looking at the table of contents in this book, my first reaction was "this looks like a bunch of familiar topics." When I started reading, however, I found myself drinking deeply from his principles and examples, and realizing how far I had to go to provide the kind of environment that enables and unlocks the capability of the people around me -- and even myself.
I whole heartedly recommend Creating Passion-Driven Teams. For some, it will be an eye opener to things you have not really thought about. For others, it will provide a much needed reminder of things you say you believe in, but aren't doing. Either way, the practices Dan describes need to become habits for all of us."
If you manage people, read it - you'll be glad you did!
Dan's description of "Climbers" vs "Builders" in an organization will have you nodding your head in agreement: You've met plenty of both. He helps you look in the mirror and determine which you are and what to do about it for the good of your career and the good of your organization.
The Management Matrix(Chapter 2)by itself is worth the price of the book. I have read a lot of outstanding business authors, but I have never seen one deliniate the seperate roles and responsibilities of front-line workers, management and leadership so succinctly. Its powerful because its so simple. For me, the matrix has become a very useful, easily-remembered framework that I carry around in my head as I interact with people at all 3 organizational levels. It makes it much easier to understand what people at each level of a functional organization are primarily responsible for.
It brought important issues with the creation of teams that work, and more importantly, the facilitation of these teams. The fact is, a business degree doesn't come with experience. In fact, most of the college ciriculum in management is built on theories that have worked years past in an environment that no longer exists. Much of that does not include team building.
This book really goes into the aspects that work, experience that has a weight to it, along with some common sense.
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clear and easy tools to implement. reccommend this book to middle managers...however senior managers acan also benefit from This bookPublished on June 20, 2013 by manuelita corporativa
Creating Passion-Driven Teams was and excellent read. I've found a lot of things I've notices from personal experience and learned tons of things more. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Razvan Deaconescu
I realy like the logical and basic themes of the book and the new focous the author gives on them. I'm transforming the teams of my company with this book as a compass.Published on November 7, 2010 by Cesar
Don't try to motivate your employees by manipulating them; be honest with them and you'll discover that they motivate themselves. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli