- 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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About the Author
Few people have impacted the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard (Escondido, CA). A prominent author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is characterized by friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. Alan is a consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard companies and is author or co-author of six books -- two of which have been international best sellers on Empowerment. Peter Grazier (Chadds Ford, PA) is the founder of Teambuilding, Inc. He has worked with well over one hundred organizations in all industries throughout North America and Europe focusing on teambuilding, and his work has been noted in more than eighty publications including The Wall Street Journal.
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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!Read more ›
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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This is a good book. I was satisfy with this product. I receive the book on time and the packaging was prefect for the product size. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Audrey K. Bell
I use this all the time at work. I am so glad I read this book. Read this along with other Blanchard books.Published on January 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer