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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (23 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761918175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761918172
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,016,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Creating Effective Teams by Susan Wheelan is the team development book that I’ve been waiting for. Easy to read and understand, it has something for everybody. For the manager, it clearly explains how teams actually work, what makes them productive and what the leader needs to do to help the team. It also includes tips on popular, but ineffective, steps to avoid." 

(John McGlaughlin)

"We see many school staffs and leadership teams which are simply stuck at a particular stage in their professional growth. Until this book, there has been a huge gap in user-friendly resources to help them become more productive. We are providing a copy for every school staff and leadership team with whom we work." 

(Jan Kesselring)

About the Author

Susan A. Wheelan, PhD, is president of GDQ Associates, Inc. She was professor of Psychological Studies and faculty director of the Training and Development Center at Temple University. She has worked in a number of school, hospital, and clinical settings. Dr. Wheelan received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award in 1992. She is coeditor of The Lewin Legacy: Field Theory in Current Practice and Advances in Field Theory. She coauthored How to Discipline Without Feeling Guilty. Dr. Wheelan is the author of Facilitating Training Groups, Group Processes: A Developmental Perspective, The Handbook of Group Research and Practice, and Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders. She has written numerous articles for publication as well. Dr. Wheelan has provided consultation to a wide variety of organizations. She has led workshops and training seminars on such topics as Executive Development, The Role of the Internal Consultant, Working in Teams, Management Skills, Communication Skills, Dealing With Difficult Employees, Leadership, Conflict Management, and many more. She has been an invited speaker in Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States. Topics included group and organizational development, diversity, and conflict management.

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this book is basic, yet straightforward and clear. It is essential reading for those new to leadership and team building.
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This book was recommended for reading when I was studying in design school 19 Oct. 2014
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This book was recommended for reading when I was studying in design school. I found it really helpful and useful to diagnose and analyze team dynamic so you can recognize or foresee some friction point and suggest solutions for them. It's written in a very simple way and describes 4 stages of group development complementing it by several examples. Also you can find some information about leadership depending on each of stages.
Great entry-level guide ("guide" being the operative word)... 30 Nov. 2013
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I had to read this book for class. There is now a more current version and I can't speak to whether or not it echoes the content in this edition. That being said I thought it was a great entry-level guide (I think "guide" is the operative word here) to engaging teams in productive and positive ways. Not an intensive read.
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Great book 17 April 2012
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Quite short but very informative. The information in this book makes a lot of sense. It's the kind of book that you will probably need to re-read once in a while.
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Love the book. It's a very good read for managers or leaders looking ways to create effective teams within your organization.
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Easy to understand but... 25 July 2012
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This book is kind of "how to" book. It is easy to understand and clear with examples. Contents are useful and easy to follow.
However, in my opinion, it's quite too expensive. There is no picture, but full of text with only one color-black.
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