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About the Author

Dan Bobinski is the president and CEO of Leadership Development, Inc., and director at the Center for Workplace Excellence. For more than 20 years Dan has coached and trained managers and leaders in the Fortune 500 as well as small and mid-sized businesses. His Workplace-Excellence blog has been listed among the top 100 daily must-reads for entrepreneurs, and his newspaper column on workplace issues is syndicated internationally. Dan is a passionate speaker and trainer on management topics, and he holds a master's degree in human resource training and development as well as a BS in workforce education and development. Dan lives in Boise, Idaho.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're in a leadership position and want to learn more about developing your team to the highest level, there are a ton of books on the market for you to choose from. So what makes this little 200-page book different from all the others available? The answer is quite simple, really. Many of the books available on team leadership give you some nice abstract ideas that you may be able to alter to fit your needs. CREATING PASSION-DRIVEN TEAMS by Dan Bobinski goes beyond abstract ideas to give you the actual nuts and bolts you're looking for.

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?
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This book is all solid, usable information with no fluff. Dan Bobinski delivers practical, easy to follow direction for anyone who wants to help the people they lead become better and happier at what they do. I strongly recommend it. The book would be worth the price if all it contained was chapter 6: The Myths of Motivation..."proclaiming that someone lacks motivation is a false statement, because everyone has reasons for their actions!" Bobinski clearly shows how to listen in a way that uncovers those reasons, and then help that team member become engaged, passionate, and excellent in their work by aligning the needed skills and attitudes with the worker's intrinsic motivators. Powerful information, clearly delivered.
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I believe in this book so much that I wrote a "forward" to it. I gave a lot of thought to my reaction to that book so I quote it here:
"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!
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Some great insights!

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.
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I really loved this book and wished it was standard reading years ago while getting my business degree.
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.

Thanks!

Jason
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