Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance [NOOK Book]

Overview

What makes great business teams stand apart? Some senior executive teams are undaunted by even the toughest business challenges, overcoming them and even using them as opportunities to transform the way their organization operates and performs.

In Great Business Teams, renowned business consultant Howard M. Guttman takes you inside some of the world's most successful corporations—Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Mars Incorporated, and L'Oréal, to name a few—to discover how a ...

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Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance

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Overview

What makes great business teams stand apart? Some senior executive teams are undaunted by even the toughest business challenges, overcoming them and even using them as opportunities to transform the way their organization operates and performs.

In Great Business Teams, renowned business consultant Howard M. Guttman takes you inside some of the world's most successful corporations—Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Mars Incorporated, and L'Oréal, to name a few—to discover how a powerful new high-performance horizontal model has changed the way leaders lead, team members function, challenges are met, and decisions are made. He also reveals how and why the organizations that have implemented this innovative team structure have become great companies, able to ride the crosscurrents during lean times and truly soar when opportunities arise.

Guttman bases his keen insights on more than twenty-five years of work with major corporations. In Great Business Teams, you will meet thirty-nine senior executives from twenty-five standout companies, whom he has interviewed in depth and whose performance he has tracked over time. This hands-on guide delivers all of the insights, techniques, and hard-won wisdom needed to create, operate, and sustain well-run and effective business teams that consistently achieve the highest levels of performance.

Follow Novartis Oncology's CEO and his action teams as they successfully neutralize a competitor's new product, which had been projected to grab twenty to thirty percent of market share. Learn how newly reorganized teams in Mars Inc.'s Latin American Division moved from double-digit losses to double-digit growth in a single year. These and many other tales from the trenches show you how to:

  • Ratchet up team performance to get stellar results year after year

  • Become a high-performance leader and motivate others to become high-performance players

  • Align teams to drive up performance

  • Redefine the concept of individual and team accountability

  • Develop the skills to make every team member a leader

  • Improve results through the "distributive decision-making" model

  • Create great teams throughout your organization

Great teams do more than improve a company's performance; they continually raise the bar and redefine what "high performance" means. Read Great Business Teams, crack the code, and transform your organization into teams of highly motivated top performers who are ready, willing, and able to respond to any business challenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470428443
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,338,044
  • File size: 768 KB

Meet the Author

Howard M. Guttman is Principal of Guttman Development Strategies, Inc. (GDS), a Mount Arlington, New Jersey–based management consulting firm specializing in building high-performance teams, executive coaching, strategic and operational alignment, and project implementation. His articles and commentary have appeared in many publications, including Chief Executive, Financial Times, Harvard Management Update, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington Post. He is also the author of When Goliaths Clash: Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization. GDS has been selected as one of the twenty best U.S. consulting firms in leadership development by Leadership Excellence magazine.
For further information, visit www.guttmandev.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1 Cracking the High-Performance Code.

Chapter 2 The New High-Performance Leader.

Chapter 3 The New High-Performance Player.

Chapter 4 Aligning for High Performance.

Chapter 5 Accelerating to High Performance.

Chapter 6 How Great Teams Make Decisions.

Chapter 7 How Great Teams Manage Meetings.

Chapter 8 How Great Teams Communicate.

Chapter 9 From Great Teams to a Great Organization.

Chapter 10 Great Leaders and Teams: Challenges, Responses, and Remaining Issues.

Appendix A Player-Centered Leadership.

Appendix B The Skills of a Great Team Member.

Index.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Worth Reading

    This is worth a read for those interested in team performance and management. The author uses the case study method of getting his main points across, which I found useful from a practical standpoint, yet distracting as I couldn't really relate to the specific case situations. Overall some good tips that I can use on a daily basis.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Powerful team performance boosters

    Howard Guttman gives readers a sophisticated view of all the factors that go into creating high-performing, exceptionally successful teams. He doesn't pretend that a single magic bullet can transform your team; instead, he provides a well-organized guide that shows you how leaders contribute, what team members must bring, why management support is needed to transform a good team into a great one and how coaching can accelerate a team's transformation. The book provides a great discussion on how top teams make decisions, how they communicate, and how they decide which meetings to hold and how to hold them. The book is full of ideas and illustrative stories from Guttman's consultancy, but you never feel that he is selling his consulting services or holding back any information. getAbstract recommends this sensible and useful book to team managers and members.

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