Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

Overview

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

In this important book, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryanreveal that people instinctively sense when a group experience issomething special, something different from the ordinary, somethingthat surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, andhard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieveoutstanding results. Members of extraordinaryteams—individually or ...

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Overview

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

In this important book, Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryanreveal that people instinctively sense when a group experience issomething special, something different from the ordinary, somethingthat surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, andhard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieveoutstanding results. Members of extraordinaryteams—individually or collectively—experience a profoundshift in how they see their world. They are transformed.

However large or small, visible or intangible, suchtransformations happen because the group experience satisfies coreneeds that members intuitively bring to any group they join. Basedon an extensive field study and filled with illustrative examples,Extraordinary Groups presents Bellman and Ryan's tested Group NeedsModel. Seeing the world of groups through this elegant frameworkallows readers to nurture extraordinary experiences in their teams.Bellman and Ryan's model reveals six core group needs forming threepairs: One pair relates to the individual, one to the group, andthe 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 commonPurpose
  • Understanding the Reality of the world while collectively makingan Impact

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

Written for managers and executives, facilitators and trainers,and all others who lead or participate in groups, ExtraordinaryGroups is an invaluable resource to achieve outstanding teamresults 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: 795,833
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Bellman is a recognized thought-leader on organizations, leadership, life, and change. He has written six books including The Consultant's Calling from Jossey-Bass. His private sector work has focused on renewing large, mature corporations. In recent years, he has given more of his attention to community-based organizations.

Kathleen Ryan is co-founder of The Orion Partnership, a firm that focuses on culture change, team development, executive on-boarding, and coaching. As one client has said, "She is an organizational consultant with an instinct for translating complex human behavior into practical concepts." Ryan is the coauthor of The Courageous Messenger and Driving Fear Out of the Workplace, both from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

I: Overview.

1 Why Small Groups Are Especially Important Now.

2 What's Different About Extraordinary Groups.

3 What Ordinary Groups Need.

II: Understanding the Group Needs Model.

4 Growing Toward Your Potential.

5 Joining for Purpose.

6 Creating Change Together.

7 The Heart of Transformation.

III: Sharing Leadership.

8 Embracing Group Differences.

9 Leading Extraordinary Groups.

10 Living the Promise of Amazing Groups.

Appendix A Applications of Practice in Using the Group NeedsModel.

Appendix B Extraordinary Groups: A Nutshell.

Appendix C Practicing What We Preach.

Appendix D More Group Resources.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

Index.

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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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