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There Is an I in Team: What Elite Athletes and Coaches Really Know About High Performance Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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The Abilene Paradox is just one of many fascinating revelations in this important book. Teams from the worlds of sports to business to nonprofits to family groups can benefit from de Rond’s revealing insights.” Financial Executive International
intriguing new book” Financial Times
Successful sports coaches have always understood that a lack of conflict in teams is not always a good thing and a belief in luck can be an important power-enhancing tool. Now, argues de Rond, it is high time business managers realised the same thing.” I: Global Intelligence for the CIO
de Rond combines the latest social and psychological research with stories from world-class sports teams and high-performance athletes, testing many popular notions about teams and teaching a new way to view team potential as a path to business advantage.” Business Executive
Mark de Rond highlights similarities between key business dilemmas and issues faced on sports teams, discussing the lessons that managers can learn from the world of high performance athletes.” HR Grapevine
de Rond explains why so many of the most talented, gifted individuals have trouble working in teams and presents ways for team leaders to overcome this obstacle to high team performance.” Business Digest
de Rond looks at what top performance athletes and coaches know about high performance to challenge common assumptions about teams.” The Irish Times
A very well researched and stimulating book.” HR Zone
ADVANCE PRAISE for There Is an I in Team:
Steve Hollis, Senior Partner, KPMG
Very few business books make me stop and think. De Rond’s latest work very skillfully translates the drivers of team sport excellence and positions them in the more complex business arena. A must-read for anyone striving for competitive advantage.”
Edwin Moses, Chairman and CEO, Ablynx nv
Now I understand why there is an I in team’ and also why there is a star in Mark de Rond.’ Thought-provoking and applicable to an extraordinarily wide range of team situations. You will think and act differently after reading this.”
Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School; author, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy
There Is an I in Team debunks a host of commonly held beliefs about what makes teams work. An appreciation of the role of great individual performersstarsin creating great teams is long overdue.”
Tom James, MBE, Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowing
This is an incredibly good book that challenges the current, and almost universal, definition of what a team is. De Rond’s examination and reflections on human behavior within sport provides a highly intuitive insight into what really makes a team successful. A very enjoyable read.”
Glenn Earle, Former Chief Operating Officer, Goldman Sachs International
Intriguing and accessible. De Rond uses research, anecdotes and analysis from the world of sport to identify the combination of art and science necessary to develop and sustain a winning team. He shows how the greatest leaders motivate the individuals that make up their teams to work together, inspire each other, perform at the highest level, and win.”
Lord Bilimoria, CBE, DL, Chairman and Founder, Cobra Beer
There Is an I in Team challenges so many of the clichés about teamwork that we all take for granted. This is a book that is impossible to put down, yet it makes you stop, think, reflect, and question at every corner.”
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Pointing out counter-intuitive conclusions such as that groups or teams that owe up to errors are more valuable to an organization because reported errors can be fixed; whereas teams that feel psychologically unsafe do not report or hide their mistakes (think Penn State).
A good read, especially if taken to heart, for anyone managing people, teams, departments or divisions.
It is a pretty quick read. It clocks in at one hundred and fifty pages and thankfully there is a lot less waffle in here than in most business books. It is well written and it asks lots of thought provoking questions. It is quite easy to follow and jargon is kept to a minimum.
However I thought that it was a bit lacking when it came to giving genuinely useful advise that could actually be followed. It was often a bit vague.
However despite this I did find that the book was quite useful and have made use of a few things that I learnt with its pages.