The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

by Jon R. Katzenbach
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The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization by Jon R. Katzenbach

Teams are fast becoming a flexible and efficient way to enhance organizational performance. Yet today's business leaders consistently overlook opportunities to exploit their potential, confusing teams with teamwork or sharing. In this book, two senior McKinsey & Co. partners argue that we cannot meet the challenges ahead, from total quality to customer service to innovation, without teams. The authors talked with hundreds of people in more than fifty different teams in thirty companies to discover what differentiates various levels of team performance, where and how teams work best, and how to enhance their effectiveness. Among their findings: formal hierarchy is actually good for teams; successful team leaders fit no ideal profile; commitment to performance goals is more important than commitment to team-building goals; top management teams are often smaller and more difficult to sustain; and team endings can be as important to manage as team beginnings. The wisdom of teams lies in recognizing their unique potential to deliver results and in understanding their many benefits.

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ISBN-13: 9780077111687
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author


Jon R. Katzenbach has been with McKinsey & Company, Inc. for more than three decades, and since the mid-1980s has led the firm's worldwide organization performance and change practice.

Douglas K. Smith is a leading commentator on organizational performance and change and a former McKinsey & Company, Inc. consultant who has co-authored two previous books: Sources of the African Past and Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented and Then Ignored the First Personal Computer.

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What's nice about Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith's book is their willingness to name the truth. They know that everyone pays lip service to teams, but few people act like they truly value teams - and fewer still actually know how teams really work. The authors point out where the hype lies and what it is hiding. Then they go a step farther. They provide a manual for creating what executives say they want: high-performance teams. They illustrate their suggestions, insights and guidelines with a lot of stories of real-world teams, focusing on what makes them work. Their rules are so clear that they leave little room for protecting any cherished illusions. As a result, we find that those readers who are willing to act upon the book's counsel will get the most from it. If you're seriously interested in diagnosing nonperforming teams and creating ones that perform, you'll enjoy this book. And, if you think you're already doing everything right, but your team mysteriously just isn't working...this may solve the puzzle.