Empowered Teams: Creating Self-Directed Work Groups That Improve Quality, Productivity, and Participation

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"The most complete treatment I've seen on the subject....If you're making the move to self-directed work teams, this is the book to read!"—Chuck Day, editor-in-chief, Industry WeekEmpowered Teams provides the frank answers to questions about how teams work, what makes them effective, when they are useful, how to get them going, and how to maintain their vigor and productivity over the long haul. Draws on a survey of over five hundred organizations and an in-depth study of twenty-eight companies (conducted jointly by Industry Week and the
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Overview

"The most complete treatment I've seen on the subject....If you're making the move to self-directed work teams, this is the book to read!"—Chuck Day, editor-in-chief, Industry WeekEmpowered Teams provides the frank answers to questions about how teams work, what makes them effective, when they are useful, how to get them going, and how to maintain their vigor and productivity over the long haul. Draws on a survey of over five hundred organizations and an in-depth study of twenty-eight companies (conducted jointly by Industry Week and the Association for Quality and Participation).

Organizations of all kinds are recognizing the value of empowering employees through teams, and this book provides the frank answers to questions about how they work, what makes them effective, when they are useful, how to get them going, and how to maintain their vigor and productivity over the long haul. Drawing on a survey of over 500 organizations and an in-depth study of 28 companies, the authors provide a blueprint for successful self-directed teams, offering advice on overcoming the organization's initial resistance to change, selecting team leaders and team players, defining roles, and training the team.

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"Combines the concepts of work teams and empowerment."

"The most complete treatment I've seen on the subject.... If you're making the move to self-directed work teams, this is the book to read!" (Chuck Day, editor-in-chief, Industry Week)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425548
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/6/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,345,143
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD S. WELLINS is senior vice president of programs and marketing for Development Dimensions International (DDI). WILLIAM C. BYHAM, author of the best-selling ZAPP! The Lightning of Empowerment, is president and co-founder of DDI. JEANNE M. WILSON leads DDI's Employee Development Group.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Workplace Revolution: The Coming of Empowered Teams.

HOW TEAMS WORK.

Empowering Teams: Reaping the Benefits of Greater Employee Participation.

Moving Toward Empowered Teams: Rethinking Leadership Responsibilities.

Confronting New Organizational Questions: How Teams Function in a Redesigned Organization.

A Day in the Life of a Self-Directed Team: A Case Study.

PREPARING FOR TEAMS.

Implementing a New Vision: The Role of Senior Management.

Planning the Successful Launch of Self-Directed Teams: The Design Process and Principles.

The New Look of Leadership: What's Left for a Leader to Do?

Selecting Team Players: Choosing the Right People for Teamwork.

Training the New Team: Planning and Supporting Critical Skill Development.

BUILDING STRONG TEAMS.

Stage One: Getting Started.

Stage Two: Going in Circles.

Stage Three: Getting on Course.

Stage Four: Full Speed Ahead.

Epilogue: What's Next for Self-Directed Teams?

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