X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed

X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed

Why do good teams fail? Very often, argue Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, it is because they are looking inward instead of outward. Based on years of research examining teams across many industries, Ancona and Bresman show that traditional team models are falling short, and that what’s needed--and what works--is a new brand of team that emphasizes external outreach to stakeholders, extensive ties, expandable tiers, and flexible membership.

The authors highlight that X-teams not only are able to adapt in ways that traditional teams aren’t, but that they actually improve an organization’s ability to produce creative ideas and execute them—increasing the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity within the firm. What’s more, the new environment demands what the authors call “distributed leadership,” and the book highlights how X-teams powerfully embody this idea.

Title:X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781591396925
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    X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed Reviews

  • Robert

    Ancona and Bresman assert that in recent years, the world has changed and the old model (i.e. those with an internal focus but lacking an external approach) “doesn’t work so well anymore.” The t...

  • Heidi

    Another book read for my graduate program - but I might as well count/review it! The premise is that most teams within companies/organizations need to look outward (Xternally) rather than within to be...

  • William Anderson

    X-Teams is quoted in many books about tech leadership that I found great value in. However overall x-teams introduces little that is revolutionary but offers a structured vocabulary for discussing tea...

  • Tim Krete

    Interesting read on what makes teams successful. I found it a little counter intuitive and therefore very useful...

  • Jacob Rex

    I think the concepts of this book provide a great framework for how teams should operate, specifically complex ones. The actual suggestions are something I'd like a visual for, a large dynamic visual....

  • Christopher Kaufman

    If your team can not breath and stretch across the org and industry, it will be less successful...

  • Doruk

    This book is a good and contributive one. But it could provide more robust cases about team innovation. In other words it is a bit difficult to see the picture of team innovation. Other than this, goo...

  • David Scott

    Excellent book and resource in the art of team-building and, more importantly, the role of the relationship in manifesting positive change in organizations. Ancona and Bresman, through their extensive...

  • Natasa Tovornik

    A great book outlining the core of competitive teams - being also eXternally focused. It brings many real-life cases and explains the mechanisms behind it. A great concept and a great book that can be...

  • Jonathan Cassie

    A solid book to stimulate thinking about effective team-building and more importantly about enabling powerful team process. An excellent book for beginner managers coming to this task - perhaps less h...