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The Discipline of Teams. A Mindbook–Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance

  • ID: 2211851
  • Book
  • May 2001
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Concepts, Principles, and Practical Techniques for Improving Small–Group Performance

The authors of the phenomenal bestseller, The Wisdom of Teams, are back. This time Jon Katzenbach and Doug Smith focus on the issues of small group discipline and performance and the challenges presented by revolutionary technologies that enable the creation of virtual teams and global teams.

The Discipline of Teams helps small groups implement the disciplines, frameworks, tools, and techniques that enable performance. With detailed guidance and dozens of indispensable exercises, they present a regimen proven to improve performance and help groups adhere to the Six Basic Principles of Team Discipline:

? Keep team membership small

? Ensure that members have complementary skills

? Develop a common purpose

? Set common goals

? Establish a commonly agreed upon working approach

? Integrate mutual and individual accountability

The Discipline of Teams is an indispensable resource for any small group in any organization that wants to raise the bar by setting and achieving more ambitious performance goals again and again.

Katzenbach and Smith′s work on teams over the past decade has been called "essential", "path breaking", and "the best ever" by Business Week, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Leader to Leader, Fast Company, the Financial Times, and other publications around the world. Tens of thousands of teams, from the executive suite to the front lines, have applied the Katzenbach and Smith disciplines to increase the performance of their organizations and themselves.
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Mastering Two Disciplines––Not One.

Virtual Teaming.

Outcomes––Not Activities––Shape Your Choice.

Performance Agendas for Applying Both Disciplines.

Applying the Team Discipline: Number and Skill.

Applying the Team Discipline: Common Purpose, Goals, and Working Approach.

Applying the Team Discipline: Mutual and Individual Accountability.

Obstacles and Opportunities for Virtual Teaming.

Getting Unstuck.

Teams and Change.

Epilogue: Wisdom is Discipline.

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Jon R. Katzenbach
Douglas K. Smith
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