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Extraordinary Groups. How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1084027
  • Book
  • October 2009
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Two leading experts present a new approach to help teams nurture extraordinary experiences and excel

Occasionally we participate in a group that inspires us to describe the experience as "powerful" or simply "wow." Why are some teams described in such exceptional terms, while most are not? Bellman and Ryan argue that an extraordinary group emerges when a group experience satisfies two or more core needs that members intuitively bring to any group they join. Based on extensive research, the book presents the Group Needs Model to help anyone nurture extraordinary experiences in their groups and achieve outstanding results.
  • Introduces a new approach for creating extraordinary experiences and results in teams
  • Identifies the key characteristics that define exceptional teams
  • Describes the Group Needs Model for encouraging extraordinary experiences and team success
  • A timely resource for anyone who leads groups including HR and OD professionals, managers, executives, nonprofit managers and directors, virtual teams leaders, and trainers
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Part One: Overview 1

1. Why Small Groups Are Important Now 3

2. What’s Different About Extraordinary Groups 17

3. What Ordinary Groups Need 33

Part Two: Understanding the Group Needs Model 57

4. Growing Toward Your Potential 59

5. Joining for Purpose 79

6. Creating Change Together 103

7. The Heart of Transformation 123

Part Three: Sharing Leadership 137

8. Embracing Group Differences 139

9. Leading Extraordinary Groups 167

10. Living the Promise of Extraordinary Groups 191

Appendix A Practice Exercises 195

Appendix B An Overview of Extraordinary Groups 207

Appendix C Practicing What We Preach 211

Appendix D More Group Resources 215

Acknowledgments 219

About the Authors 221

Index 225

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Geoffrey M. Bellman Seattle, Washington.

Kathleen D. Ryan
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