Go Team!: Take Your Team to the Next Level

Go Team!: Take Your Team to the Next Level

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ISBN-13: 9781576754474
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Ken Blanchard is founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of numerous bestselling books, including The One Minute Manager, The Secret, Full Steam Ahead!, Whale Done!, and Managing By Values.
Alan Randolph is a consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies and a professor at the University of Baltimore. He is the coauthor (with Ken Blanchard) of Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute and The 3 Keys to Empowerment.
Peter Grazier is the founder of Teambuilding, Inc. He is the author of Before It’s Too Late: Employee Involvement… An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

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INTRODUCTION MOVING TEAMWORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL

People in organizations today are increasingly being called upon to work in teams. This is because the work of organizations has become amazingly complex and changes occur constantly. More and more, companies around the world are using teams to deal with this dynamic world of work.

Unfortunately, too few people really understand how to build a team that puts into action the knowledge, experience, and motivation of its people. We do not have to look very far to see numerous examples of failed team efforts—be they in sports, business, or government. Therefore, it is no surprise that people often give up on the idea of teams and try to go it alone. We do not believe that is an effective solution for today’s workplace. Go Team! is our game plan for building better teams— Next Level Teams.

What are Next Level Teams, and what benefits do they bring to the table? First, the benefits: Next Level Teams

Use all team members’ ideas and motivation
Make better use of the team members’ and team leader’s time 2
Increase productivity and satisfaction for you, your team, and the organization
Second, what are Next Level Teams? They are teams that can

Use information sharing to build high levels of trust and responsibility
Use clear boundaries to create the freedom to act responsibly
Use self-managing skills to make team decisions and get great results
Once the picture of a Next Level Team is clear, you and your team members can assess how you operate now. Then you can begin the process of becoming a Next Level Team that gets great results.

Those of you who are fans of Ken Blanchard books will notice that Go Team! is a departure from Ken’s easy-reading business parables. This book is intended to be a working guide filled with detailed instructions for people who want to build high performing teams.

Go Team! will take you through three steps to great results:

Step 1 Begin learning Next Level skills

Step 2 Accelerate the change

Step 3 Master the skills

Each step is designed to guide your team to the Next Level. As you, your team members, and your leader move through the book together, responsibility will shift naturally from your leader to your team. You will learn how to use your ideas more effectively, make excellent team decisions, and feel the pride of having contributed in new and more meaningful ways. 3

Your leader will also appreciate your team’s move to the Next Level because he or she will have new opportunities to help the team. What leader hasn’t been frustrated by a lack of time to plan work, think ahead, receive training, coach team members, or investigate new equipment that may be needed in the future?

As your group moves to become a Next Level Team, you will enhance creativity, increase satisfaction, develop a sense of group pride, and achieve outstanding results. You will suddenly find your team soaring above the ordinary.

Learn what Next Level Teams are and what they can do. Then use this book as a resource and take three steps with your team to get great results. Enjoy the journey—and get ready to soar!

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Moving Teamwork to the Next Level

ONE Understanding Next Level Teams: A Picture of Your Future

Step 1–begin learning next level skills
TWO Use Information to Build Responsibility
THREE Clarify Boundaries to Create Focused Action
FOUR Act Like a Team to Promote Shared Involvement

Step 2–accelerate the change
FIVE Share More Information to Enhance Trust
SIX Widen the Boundaries to Promote Greater Freedom for Action
SEVEN Make Team Decisions to Create a Sense of Power

Step 3–master the skills
EIGHT Use Information to Drive Great Results
NINE Replace Boundaries with Vision and Values
TEN Be a Next Level Team and Get Great Results
ELEVEN Congratulations: Your Team Has Made It to the Next Level
Notes
Index
Services Available
Linking Go Team! to Important Team Concepts from Previous Books
Team Praisings
About the Authors

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