Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

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Why are some teams described in such exceptional terms, while most are not?

In this important book, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan reveal that people instinctively sense when a group experience is something special, something different from the ordinary, something that surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, and hard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieve outstanding results. Members of extraordinary teams—individually or ...

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Overview

Why are some teams described in such exceptional terms, while most are not?

In this important book, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan reveal that people instinctively sense when a group experience is something special, something different from the ordinary, something that surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, and hard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieve outstanding results. Members of extraordinary teams—individually or collectively—experience a profound shift in how they see their world. They are transformed.

However large or small, visible or intangible, such transformations happen because the group experience satisfies core needs that members intuitively bring to any group they join. Based on an extensive field study and filled with illustrative examples, Extraordinary Groups presents Bellman and Ryan's tested Group Needs Model. Seeing the world of groups through this elegant framework allows readers to nurture extraordinary experiences in their teams. Bellman and Ryan's model reveals six core group needs forming three pairs: One pair relates to the individual, one to the group, and the third to the world in which the group exists.

These six elements combine to form the Group Needs Model:

  • Acceptance of self while moving toward one's Potential
  • A Bond with others that grows while pursuing a common Purpose
  • Understanding the Reality of the world while collectively making an Impact

No matter if the group or team gathers at work, at home, or within the community, when a group experience meets two or more of these needs, it will stand out as something special for all the members of the group.

Written for managers and executives, facilitators and trainers, and all others who lead or participate in groups, Extraordinary Groups is an invaluable resource to achieve outstanding team results time and time again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470404812
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 605,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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    Understanding look at the value of small groups, and how to organize and sustain them

    Consider the great things that small groups have accomplished. The 1969 Apollo 11 crew, the first humans on the moon, comprised only three members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin Jr. In 1976, three guys - Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne - formed Apple Computer. In this necessary guide to groupthink, authors Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan contend that small, exceptional groups - not big organizations - account for many major achievements. They describe such teams, discuss what makes them special, and offer suggestions on how to benefit from small group agility and creativity. getAbstract finds that this book is a useful blueprint for leaders who want to develop and sustain superior small teams.

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