Teaming Up

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Plenty of books will tell you why self-directed teams are good for businesses and the people in them. But very few also show how to set teamwork into motion, day by day and year by year. If you're seeking that "second-generation" level of guidance - how-to, detailed, based on struggles and successes at organizations just like yours - look no further than Teaming Up. Dr. Darrel Ray has front-line experience in helping teams grow at manufacturing and service companies, government and social service agencies, Fortune 500 giants, and small firms. His approach has been proven to work in union and non-union environments, and the payoffs have been measurable: higher morale, better use of resources, and dramatic positive impact on bottomline profit.

This hands-on book guides results-hungry managers, human resource pros, and team facilitators through a full, detailed process for changing any top-down organization into a self-directed, team-controlled work structure that boosts morale, maximizes resources and dramatically reduces costs. The book is based upon the proprietary teams-implementation program developed by Dr. Ray.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070516465
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/19/1994
  • Series: McGraw-Hill Training Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 609,844
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Preparing for Self-Directed Work Teams
1 Why Self-Directed Teams! 7
2 The Concept of Self-Management 21
3 Top Management and Self-Direction 31
4 New Ways to Work 43
Pt. 2 Designing for Self-Direction
5 The Steering Committee 59
6 Assessing the Organization 73
7 Redesigning Work and the Team Concept 85
8 The Role of the Team Developer 103
9 Understanding Group Process 121
Pt. 3 A System for Self-Directed Work Teams
10 Organizing the Self-Directed Work Team 143
11 Training the Self-Directed Work Team 165
12 Modeling and Communication 181
13 Teaching Teams to Communicate 201
14 Hazards of Teams 215
15 Epilogue: The Future of Teams 231
Bibliography 241
Index 245
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