Real Dream Teams: Seven Practices That Enable Ordinary People to Achieve Extraordinary Results as Team Leaders / Edition 1

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Want to achieve spectacular success in your personal and business life? Looking for ways to mold and capture superior teamwork, cohesion, and bone-deep dedication? Put Real Dream Teams on your list of must reads.
From the headlines used to describe groups such as the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, to Hollywood production moguls, to attorneys clashing in major criminal cases, we have all heard the phrase "dream teams" used and misused. Real Dream Teams
is a book that focuses on extraordinary efforts by conditioned winners who have achieved outstanding results through what the authors call "synergistic group dynamics."
Let Real Dream Teams point you in the direction of becoming a more effective team leader and team member. Read of team efforts and extraordinary practices and results as demonstrated by recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Medal of Honor, national championships, and best-in-industry awards. Take tips from those who have achieved their membership in Real Dream Teams:

The phrase "dream team" is used to describe a group of talented all-stars. Fisher and Thomas describe the seven key principles that these exciting teams have in common in human terms, with examples and interviews from such noted leaders as Lou Holtz, John Wooden, Don Tyson, Major General Patrick Henry Brady, and others.

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Editorial Reviews

The authors discuss the positive results which may be achieved through what they term "synergistic group dynamics." Includes numerous examples and practical questions. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574440065
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/26/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Teams?
The New Environment
High Expectations
Accelerating Change
Increased Interdependence
Teams Tackle the New Environment
Best Team Experience
The Real Dream Team Leaders
Selection of Twelve Real Dream Team Leaders
The Seven Practices of Real Dream Teams
Commitment to a Clear Mission
Mutual Support and Encouragement
Clearly Defined Roles
Win-Win Cooperation
Individual Competency
Empowering Communication
Winning Attitude
The Seven Practices Template
"Is What You're Doing Important?"
Practice #1: Commitment To A Clear Mission
Creating a Clear Sense of Mission
The Mission Statement
The Tyson Foods Mission Statement
The Process of Developing Mission
Is What You're Doing Important?
"A Turtle On A Fencepost"
Practice #2: Mutual Support, Respect, And Encouragement
"None Of Us Is As Good As All Of Us"
Practice #3: Clearly Defined And Accepted Roles
Strength Through Diversity
Personal Style Diversity
More Diversity: Organizational Applications
Stars and Understudies
How Successful Leaders Utilize Roles
Clear Role Definition
Role Clarification and Negotiation
The "Litmus Test" for Clear Roles
100% Responsibility and Empowerment
"Let's Win Championships"
Practice #4: Win-Win Cooperation
The Potential for Win-Win
"We Have Met the Enemy"
Getting from Win-Lose to Win-Win
The Reality of Conflict
Learning About Win-Win Cooperation
Aligning Systems with the Cooperative Philosophy
Taking Win-Win to the Top of the World
"Whose Rope Are You Willing To Hook Into?
Practice #5: Individual Competency
Hard Work
Focus on the Fundamentals
Recruitment and Selection of the Most Capable People
Know Your Limits
"Just Getting Together And Talking"
Practice #6: Empowering Communication
Practicing Empowering Communication
Are You Willing to Listen to Me?
Are You Willing to Share Information?
Are You Willing to Include Me in Decisions that Affect Me?
Post Cereals: Jonesboro, Arkansas
"Respect Without Fear"
Practice #7: Winning Attitude
Attitude Is Everything
Overcoming Adversity
Thoughts that Kill
Courage that Defeats Fear
Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life
From Seven Concepts To Seven Practices: Putting Teamwork Into Action
From Concepts to Practices to Patterns of Behavior
Change Process
The Fabric of Teamwork
Developing Practices
Examples of Teams that Work
Your Search for a Better Way

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