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Leading Teams: A Collection of 40 Brief and Essential Insights for Improving Group Performance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    You'll Find Yourself Taking Lots of Notes from This Book In a s

    You'll Find Yourself Taking Lots of Notes from This Book

    In a series of 40 hard-hitting "insights" (lessons, really), noted speaker and team building facilitator Sean Glaze teaches readers how to lead teams, by improving group performance.

    But Glaze's powerful collection of insights really goes far beyond that, beyond teaching us how to lead teams (and be better team players). The book is really a kind of course on life and how to get more out of living.

    Through a series of amazing (often jaw-dropping) stories and analogies, Glaze makes each point, with the same grace and strength of a master hockey player shooting the puck into the goal or an accomplished archer driving an arrow tip into the very center of the bullseye.

    The writing here is fast-paced and hard-hitting, often knocking the reader off balance, initially, to make the point: "The two most common obstacles to team improvement are failure and success. Failure and success are both simply feedback, symptoms of behaviors that can be modified" (on page 13). Wow. Who would have ever thought of success as being an obstacle to improvement? But after the second sentence, the reader immediately gets the point.

    And check this one out: "John Wayne was a great American hero. He became an icon of everything that we, as a country, celebrated .... But I believe that his BEST movie was one that may be severely under-rated. In the movie where he played what I would argue is the most impressive character of his career, it is his absence over the last thirty minutes of the movie that truly proves the power and success of his leadership" (on page 49). How could you possibly resist reading further, after an opening like this one? 

    Some of my favorites are the analogies from nature, like "crashes" of rhinos who can race at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour but cannot see more than 30 feet ahead of themselves and the wildflower seeds in Death Valley that develop coatings so thick they can hibernate for literally decades before sprouting.

    I found myself particularly mesmerized by the insights on growth (and discomfort) and finding one's passion, one's true calling in life.

    One measure of a great book is the number of notes you find yourself taking as you go through it. By that measure, this is a great book.

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