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Go Team! Take Your Team to the Next Level Hardcover – March 10, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Edition edition (March 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lars Bergstrom VINE VOICE on November 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The overall message of the book - delegate decision making authority down into your team but provide them with overall direction - is a great message I totally agree with. However, the way in which it was presented left it somewhat unactionable as most of the content focuses on desired results and expected emotional responses rather than on details of how to make an effective transition to this organizational style. The book is strewn with examples from companies that have "made the change" and talks about how they improved profitability, morale, and retention. Those stories unfortunately focus on the results and not on what specific changes were made or how those changes were rolled out into the teams. This book felt more like a sales pitch for his consulting company than a book on how to lead this sort of change yourself.
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Format: Paperback
Go Team is a small 140 page book and I expected it to be a nice easy read. Instead, I found a horrible book that was a struggle to get through the 140 pages that it was. It was slow, enormously repetitive, shallow, naive and so "selling" that it made me want to puke! After finishing this book, I didn't really want to read any other book anymore. (and of my 180 Amazon review, I believe this is my first 1 star review)

The book is about how to build teams, or what the author calls "next-level teams" which is a hyped version of just "teams." Next-Level Teams are teams that 1) Share information, 2) have clear boundaries, and 3) manage themselves (make decisions). In the first chapter, the author says he will take you through the 3 steps for becoming a next-level team:

Step 1: Begin learning next level skills
Step 2: Accelerate change
Step 3: Master the skills

The book consist of eleven chapters, which are basically 9 chapters plus an introduction and an ending chapter. These nine chapters are three chapters for each step. So for step 1 (Begin learning next level skills) there are three chapters for each of the three skills (share information, boundaries, decisions).

Considering this, chapter two is about "information sharing" in step 1. Then chapter five tells the reader they need to share more information and chapter eight says they need to share even more information. Likewise, chapter three is about setting the boundary for the team and chapter six then talks about need to expand the boundary and chapter nine tells you to expand it further. And... that is basically the whole book. (If you would remove the stories, you could automatically generate part of the book!
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Format: Audio CD
Go Team! is something of a departure for Blanchard, in that it's not written in his usual parable style (like The One Minute Manager, Whale Done!, etc.). But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as it still presents some valuable principles, just in a more straightforward fashion.

Here, Blanchard and his coauthors make the case for managers delegating greater responsibility to their subordinates, thereby freeing up more of their own time for higher-level functions. They emphasize that it's still necessary to define clear goals and boundaries for team members, but these can and should be broadened. They also discuss the importance of creating an environment of trust so that information will be shared freely in all directions.

For an excellent in-depth case study of many of these principles, consider reading this together with Ed Catmull's book on what he's learned from running Pixar, Creativity, Inc. (particularly the sections on Brain Trust meetings and the final chapter on Notes Day). And for more exploration of delegation, including some specific tactics, check out Tim Ferriss's The 4-hour Workweek.
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