The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team

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Overview

Building and maintaining a successful team is no simple task. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in their field have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it a strong work ethic? Is it "chemistry"? What tools can you wrap your hands around to build―or rebuild―your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization.

In his practical, down-to-earth style, Dr. Maxwell shows how:

  • The Law of High Morale inspired a 50-year-old man who couldn't even swim to train for the toughest triathlon in the world.
  • The Law of the Big Picture prompted a former U.S. president to travel across the country by bus, sleep in a basement, and do manual labor.
  • Playing by The Law of the Scoreboard enabled one web-based company to keep growing and make money while thousands of other Internet businesses failed.
  • Ignoring The Law of the Price Tag caused one of the world's largest retailers to close its doors after 128 years in business.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork will empower you―whether coach or player, teacher or student, CEO or non-profit vollunteer―with the "how-tos" and attitudes for building a successful team.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785274346
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/31/2001
  • Series: John C. Maxwell's Laws Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 169,873
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author with more than 22 million books sold. Dr. Maxwell founded the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries. Read his blog at JohnMaxwell.com. He lives in Atlanta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Good mix of factoids, inspiration and leadership pointers

    Building on the successful formula of his earlier work, author John C. Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) has delineated 17 'laws' for managers who want to develop successful teams. That number may be arbitrary, but Maxwell successfully uses his laws as a springboard to weave together inspiring tales from Navy Seals, mountain climbers, Colin Powell, George Washington, Jimmy Carter, major league coaches and others into punchy chapters that any aspiring leader can use. This book provides the right mix of factoids, inspiration and leadership pointers to make it a bestseller. Even better, coaches and leaders who use these tips should be able to build better teams. We recommend this book to coaches, mentors and team leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    How to Be a Better Team Member, Role Player, and Leader!

    Dr. Maxwell has taken on a very difficult challenge in this book. He looks at effective teams from the perspective of being a better team member, playing various roles in a successful team, and being a team leader . . . all in the same book! If you are like me, you will feel that he has carried off the challenge well. The format of the book will be familiar to those who have read Dr. Maxwell's excellent leadership books. In this case, there are 17 laws, with each one being comprised of additional elements. Each law has one or two overriding examples, and then many small examples . . . usually as one for each subpoint. At the end of each law's section, you have questions to answer and assignments to do. This aspect of the book is like having a workbook to help you begin to apply the lessons to your own situation. The book begins with a key question, 'Will your involvement with others be successful?' In emphasizing that all 17 laws are important, Dr. Maxwell starts out with an anecdote about how a young leader absolutely insisted on knowing what one thing was most important about teams. Dr. Maxwell thought and told the young man that it was that there was no one most important thing about teams. In the end, the same point is made by observing that good chemistry (not one of the 17 laws) only occurs on a team when all 17 laws are being observed. Here is my rephrasing of the 17 laws: (1) By combining their efforts and talents, teams can outperform any individual. Anyone who has seen a great player brought down by a special effort from the opposing team will know the truth of that observation. (2) Team players have to subordinate their self-interests on behalf of the team's purpose. In the NBA, the teams with ball hogs don't win championships. I find that this law is violated more often than it is followed. (3) Each team player can add a greater contribution when in the correct role. If you turned a great linebacker into a tight end, the results usually wouldn't be as good. (4) The more difficult the goal, the more important the teamwork. The example used here is climbing Mount Everest and the hard work that dozens of people have to do so that two people can climb atop the peak. Most teams suffer from having weak or inappropriate goals. Spend time on this area . . . and take on something worth doing! (5) The team's results will only be as good as the performance of the weakest person. The poor leadership by the captain of the Exxon Valdez is used as an example. (6) People on the team have to find ways to spark the team on to greater accomplishment. Michael Jordan during his years with the Bulls is the example. (7) Teams need a vision of what needs to be accomplished to inform and inspire their efforts. If the company leader doesn't do this, then someone on the team must. IBM's improved marketing under Lou Gerstner's time as CEO is the key example. (8) Bad attitudes can spoil great talent. You are better building great attitudes on the team than having great talent. Ideally, you should try to have both. (9) Team members need to be able to rely on one another. Many people have trouble either trusting others or being trustworthy. Many teams find that exercises can help. There is a terrific example of demolishing the Omni in Atlanta using explosives that makes this point well. (10) Be prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to do what needs to be done. Most people know what should be done, but are not able to discipline themselves or the team to get there. The book describes the opportunity that Montgomery Ward missed to become a retail department store ahead of Sears in the early 20th century. (11) Keep track of your progress to focus your attention. Think of this as keeping score. When you are not meeting your quantitative goals, you should adapt. (12) You need to have lots of people who can play the same roles. When one person isn't being effective, you should substitute. This give

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    Atlanta Braves Player Recommends This Book

    From the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday, August 21, 2005: Jeff Francoeur (Atlanta Braves rookie sensation) favors books with a spiritual perspective such as 'The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork' by Atlanta author John Maxwell, which he bookmarked with his major league players card. Recently he bought 'The Best Question Ever' by Atlanta pastor Andy Stanley to keep in his locker. (From the AJC article, Life in 'Francoeur-ner')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    Dependent

    John Maxwell has managed to cross the bridge between church and industry when providing special insights into leadership and teamwork. Maxwell's works, including this one, tend draw heavily from the world of sports to draw analogical illustrations of principles which, unfortunately, tend to distract from the meat of the message. Otherwise, Maxwell's presentation is far superior to the flaky and superficial motivational books so popular on today's American scene.

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