Who's in the Room?: How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them

Who's in the Room?: How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them

by Bob Frisch
     
 

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At the top of every organization chart lies a myth—that the boss and senior management team make all the critical decisions together. In reality, most decisions are actually made by the boss and an inner circle of confidants—a "team with no name" that exists outside formal processes.

This gap between the myth and reality of decision making causes

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At the top of every organization chart lies a myth—that the boss and senior management team make all the critical decisions together. In reality, most decisions are actually made by the boss and an inner circle of confidants—a "team with no name" that exists outside formal processes.

This gap between the myth and reality of decision making causes significant problems. Executives wonder why they weren't consulted earlier. Bosses wonder why team members have trouble grasping the big picture. There's a tension in the executive suite, and repeated attempts at team building don't seem to resolve it.

In Who's in the Room? Bob Frisch provides a unique perspective to this widely misunderstood issue. Flying in the face of decades of organizational psychology, he argues that the solution lies not in addressing behaviors, but in unseating the senior management team as the epicenter of decision making. Using a broad portfolio of teams—large and small, permanent and temporary, formal and informal—great leaders match each decision to the appropriate team in a fluid, flexible approach that you won't find described in management textbooks.

Frisch's decades of experience as one of the world's leading strategy facilitators have given him unparalleled access to senior executives as they worked through their most critical decisions. Drawing on insights from interviews with the CEOs of organizations ranging from MasterCard to Ticketmaster to the Red Cross, Frisch shows how great leaders can unleash the full power of their senior management teams against a specific set of critical tasks for which they are uniquely suited.

The result: The right teams addressing the right issues at the right time, a renewed sense of collective purpose for the organization's most senior and valued leaders, and, most importantly, bosses seeing an end to people asking, "Why wasn't I in the room?"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118170083
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
606 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Frisch, managing partner of The Strategic Offsites Group, has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to German mittelstand family businesses to the U.S. Department of State. Bob's work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fortune.

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