Teamwork Is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility [NOOK Book]

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Knowing how to work effectively in and through groups may be the single most important skill anyone can develop in today's collaborative, team-based workplace. Unfortunately, all of the resources available on teamwork put the emphasis on group process and ignore the role of-and benefits to-the individual. But effective teamwork isn't only a group skill set; it's an individual skill set as well. Teamwork Is an Individual Skill shows readers how to develop the skills to thrive on any team, under any circumstances. ...
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Teamwork Is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility

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Overview

Knowing how to work effectively in and through groups may be the single most important skill anyone can develop in today's collaborative, team-based workplace. Unfortunately, all of the resources available on teamwork put the emphasis on group process and ignore the role of-and benefits to-the individual. But effective teamwork isn't only a group skill set; it's an individual skill set as well. Teamwork Is an Individual Skill shows readers how to develop the skills to thrive on any team, under any circumstances. No longer will readers find themselves complaining, "I got assigned to a bad team." Instead, they'll know what to do to make any team work for them.
Drawing on over twenty years of experience successfully developing professional teams in product development, R&D, and high-tech environments, Christopher Avery and his coauthors use brief thought-provoking essays, personal and teambuilding exercises, case studies, and insights from business leaders to teach readers how to build responsible and productive relationships at work. The authors show how and why your ability to assume personal responsibility-for your own work on a team and for the team's collective work-is the most important factor in ensuring a productive team experience.
Teambuilding, the authors point out, is essentially a series of conversations between people who share responsibility to get something done. Teamwork Is an Individual Skill describes the way these conversations typically progress, and shows the reader how to predict and direct these conversations so that they can maximize the benefits to both themselves and to their team.
Designed for easy access and for use by both individuals and groups, Teamwork Is an Individual Skill will equip readers with the mental skills and behaviors that will help them achieve personal goals while contributing to their team's success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609943981
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/9/2001
  • Series: 0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 845,413
  • File size: 323 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher M. Avery, Ph.D. is president of Partnerwerks and developer of the acclaimed Being Powerful in Any Team seminar for technical professionals (www.beingpowerful.com). He has consulted with Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, Charles Schwab & Company, IBM, Motorola, Nokia, and Wells Fargo Bank, and many others.
Meri Aaron Walker is a principal of Between the Lines, an Austin, Texas-based strategic communications consultancy and a Partnerwerks associate.
Erin O’Toole Murphy, a Partnerwerks consultant, has trained Sony management in Japan and led other development initiatives..
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    A must read for anyone who works with anybody!

    Christopher and his team put together an easily read, comprehensive guide to work and play well with others in today's complicated corporate societies. I've employed these principles in a broad range of industries: automotive tube mfg., freight expediting, network marketing, modular home sales and delivery, even family reunions! Teamwork Is an Individual Skill is now on my "read every year" shelf. Read it and live it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    No More Excuses for Poor Teamwork

    I enjoyed reading and digesting the practical, easy to understand advice given by the authors of this book. Members of any team can gain valuable information and insight on how to function more effectively on their teams. However, the sage advice given in this book will not set well with those reluctant to take responsibility for their own actions. The focus is on personal responsibility and developing what the authors¿ term 'TeamWisdom.' By following their advice, those with TeamWisdom can create highly responsible and productive relationships at work. The book can equip you with individual skills and behaviors to make a difference in the success of your team, provided of course that you are ready to accept responsibility and take action. Each topic in the five chapters is organized in a format that highlights and explains the skill or behavior necessary to gain TeamWisdom. This is followed by both a Personal Challenge to help you put it into practice and a Team Challenge to help you implement it with team members. Each topic ends with a real life example of how each skill or behavior has been put to practice. As someone you works to develop collaborative partnerships, I found the advice in this book realistic, clearly presented and concise. I highly recommend it as a sound, practical guide for anyone who shares responsibility with others to get work accomplished but doesn¿t have authority over them.

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