Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

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Praise for Extraordinary Groups

"This book offers a useful model for being a great group leader or member—no small undertaking. Groups are the essential structure for making a difference in the world, and this book adds to our capacity to create something important together. An easy read with a clear structure. I happily recommend it."
—Peter Block, partner, Designed Learning, and author of Community: The Structure of Belonging

"This is a must-read for leaders looking to achieve...

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Overview

Praise for Extraordinary Groups

"This book offers a useful model for being a great group leader or member—no small undertaking. Groups are the essential structure for making a difference in the world, and this book adds to our capacity to create something important together. An easy read with a clear structure. I happily recommend it."
—Peter Block, partner, Designed Learning, and author of Community: The Structure of Belonging

"This is a must-read for leaders looking to achieve transformational results in their organizations. The authors not only make a compelling case about the power of engaging small groups, they give us a pragmatic blueprint to move groups to ever higher levels of performance."
—Phyllis Campbell, chairman, JPMorgan Chase, Pacific NW, and former CEO, The Seattle Foundation

"Organizational leaders will appreciate Bellman and Ryan's approach for igniting energy in group process and adding value to the business, effectively and quickly."
—Barbara Magusin, senior vice president, Human Resources, Premera Blue Cross

"In fifty years of consulting and facilitating, never has a book about groups so completely captured my interest or provoked such deep reflection and insight as Extraordinary Groups. Geoff Bellman and Kathleen Ryan not only capture the magic each of us feels in the presence of a deeply fulfilling group experience, but they also provide a map that can be followed by anyone seeking to create such experiences."
—Roger Harrison, consultant, author, and adjunct professor, California Institute of Integral Studies

"Extraordinary Groups provides a blueprint for building the relationships that must occur as we find the synergies needed for problem solving and breakthrough."
—Patricia McLagan, chair, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470404812
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 589,125
  • 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 Needs Model.

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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