From the Inside Flap
Why are some teams described in such exceptional terms, while most are not?
In this important book, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan reveal that people instinctively sense when a group experience is something special, something different from the ordinary, something that surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, and hard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieve outstanding results. Members of extraordinary teamsindividually or collectivelyexperience a profound shift in how they see their world. They are transformed.
However large or small, visible or intangible, such transformations happen because the group experience satisfies core needs that members intuitively bring to any group they join. Based on an extensive field study and filled with illustrative examples, Extraordinary Groups presents Bellman and Ryan's tested Group Needs Model. Seeing the world of groups through this elegant framework allows readers to nurture extraordinary experiences in their teams. Bellman and Ryan's model reveals six core group needs forming three pairs: One pair relates to the individual, one to the group, and the third to the world in which the group exists.
These six elements combine to form the Group Needs Model:
- Acceptance of self while moving toward one's Potential
- A Bond with others that grows while pursuing a common Purpose
- Understanding the Reality of the world while collectively making an Impact
No matter if the group or team gathers at work, at home, or within the community, when a group experience meets two or more of these needs, it will stand out as something special for all the members of the group.
Written for managers and executives, facilitators and trainers, and all others who lead or participate in groups, Extraordinary Groups is an invaluable resource to achieve outstanding team results time and time again.
From the Back Cover
"An extraordinary book … To do truly amazing work in groups, this is the place to start."
JIM KOUZES, award-winning coauthor, The Leadership Challenge
Praise for Extraordinary Groups
"This book offers a useful model for being a great group leader or memberno small undertaking. Groups are the essential structure for making a difference in the world, and this book adds to our capacity to create something important together. An easy read with a clear structure. I happily recommend it."
PETER BLOCK, partner, Designed Learning, and author of Community: The Structure of Belonging
"This is a must-read for leaders looking to achieve transformational results in their organizations. The authors not only make a compelling case about the power of engaging small groups, they give us a pragmatic blueprint to move groups to ever higher levels of performance."
PHYLLIS CAMPBELL, chairman, JPMorgan Chase, Pacific NW, and former CEO, The Seattle Foundation
"Organizational leaders will appreciate Bellman and Ryan's approach for igniting energy in group process and adding value to the business, effectively and quickly."
BARBARA MAGUSIN, senior vice president, Human Resources, Premera Blue Cross
"In fifty years of consulting and facilitating, never has a book about groups so completely captured my interest or provoked such deep reflection and insight as Extraordinary Groups. Geoff Bellman and Kathleen Ryan not only capture the magic each of us feels in the presence of a deeply fulfilling group experience, but they also provide a map that can be followed by anyone seeking to create such experiences."
ROGER HARRISON, consultant, author, and adjunct professor, California Institute of Integral Studies
"Extraordinary Groups provides a blueprint for building the relationships that must occur as we find the synergies needed for problem solving and breakthrough."
PATRICIA MCLAGAN, chair, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation