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Organizations must learn by teaming.
She provides leaders a clear understanding of how individual and organizational psychology, the reality of hierarchical status, cultural differences, and distance can and do separate team members which can prevent successful teaming. Leaders can close these gaps by understanding the existence of these obstacles and by adapting their leadership style to support and facilitate teaming successfully. She demonstrates the challenges as well as the solutions where teaming has gone well and not so well (the "impossible" rescue of miners in Chile and space shuttle Columbia tragedy) with numerous case studies and insights.
Professor Edmondson also notes that leaders must also thoughtfully identify where the challenges they face fit on the Process Knowledge Spectrum (routine, complex, or innovation). Routine operations could be a car manufacturing plant where outcomes and certainty are known. At the other extreme, innovation operations, like an academic research lab, the outcomes and certainty are quite unknown. Although the teaming framework applies, the leader's specific behaviors and actions change. Having excellent outcomes and teaming necessitates matching the right approach to the correct operation.
Interestingly to maximize learning, conflict and failure are necessary for teaming to be successful.Read more ›
Edmonson explains how to achieve major strategic objectives, such as these discussed in the first chapter:
o Formulating a new way of thinking about new ways to team (viewed as a verb)
o Organizing to execute
o Learning to team and teaming to learn
o Establishing the process knowledge spectrum
o Formulating new ways of thinking about new ways to lead
Edmonson's approach in each of the eight chapters is to identify, briefly, the "what" of some dimension or component of teaming and then devote most of her (and her reader's) attention to "how" to make it happen. She also makes skillful use of two reader-friendly devices at the conclusion of each chapter: "Leadership Summary" and "Lessons and Actions.Read more ›
What a pleasure to come across a "management" and/or"Business/Organizational" book that is not boring and insipid as about 95% of what is written in these categories usually is. Most highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book presents interesting concepts but would be a much better academic article than a book. Not enough substance and very repetitive. Wish I didn't buy it.Published 1 day ago by drkgb
This book uses modified language to present old concepts, pretending to be a new discovery.Published 2 months ago by Orlando Reyes
The moment you understand, you need other people and that working with them for some reason isn't successful - read it! 👌Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Bought it for a class, but very satisfied with the purchase. Definitely a book to have, career wise, to add to your library as a source and reference.Published 11 months ago by Hazelwom
This book was a great disappointment. It took a handful of simple concepts that are no deeper than common sense and stretched them with painfully condescending prose into a book... Read morePublished 15 months ago by seka
Teaming is written in such a way that a leader in any setting will be encouraged to work with others rather than dictate from on high. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kelly Dehnert
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