The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

Teams -- the key to top performanceMotorola relied heavily on teams to surpass its competition in building the lightest, smallest, and highest-quality cell phones. At 3M, teams are critical to meeting the company's goal of producing half of each year's revenues from the previous five years' innovations. Kodak's Zebra Team proved the worth of black-and-white film manufacturing in a world where color is king.

But many companies overtook the potential of teams in turning around tagging profits, entering new markets, and making exciting innovations happen -- because they don't know how to utilize teams successfully. Authors Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith talked with hundreds of people in more than thirty companies to find out where and how teams work best and how to enhance their effectiveness. They reveal:




The most important element in team success

Who excels at team leadership ... and why they are rarely the most senior people

Why companywide change depends on teams ... and more
Comprehensive and proven effective, The Wisdom of Teams is the classic primer on making teams a powerful tool for success in today's global marketplace.

Title:The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060522001
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  • Sallie Dunn

    More required work reading! Blah, blah, blah...

  • Toe

    Slogging through this crap was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had. The only thing worse than a terrible topic for a book is a terrible topic poorly executed. The topic: teams and ...

  • Kurt Steiner

    Terrible. Boring with no insights or research really. Do not purchase this book....

  • Timothy Darling

    If you need to work in teams, this is a good book for you to read. The authors focus strongly on task as the single most important factor of team function and formation. They insist that building a te...

  • Borna Safai

    What is it that makes teams strong? According to Katzenbach and Smith, it's an emphasis on performance. That's the essence of the book in a nutshell.So why should you read it? The Wisdom of Teams shar...

  • Jeff Lampson

    This book is a classic and grew my appetite for reading their follow up books The discipline of teams and Teams at the Top. Their definitions for teams is incredibly helpful and identifies very clear ...

  • Gerard Chiva

    The book contains important wisdom about team performance in organizations, however it is written in an old style like a novel. After reading it, I'm quite sure they could have written it in 1/3 of th...

  • Luci

    This is a good book for anyone at any level in an organization who wants to understand what makes the difference between groups of people that perform “teamwork” and the high-performing teams we m...

  • Dana

    Highly recommended book about how to achieve a high level of performance in any field or endeavor. The author refutes the notion of talent and the idea that we are born with abilities and predispositi...

  • Jacob Bond

    - Too old to be mainly relevant in 2020. - Acknowledges but does not persuasively rebuts arguments for team work against individualism.- Reads like a text book.- Not blatantly pragmatic.- Handful of p...