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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (3 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422171302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422171301
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"De Rond's book provides a good starting place for any school leader looking to further study team dynamics. His ideas are easy to follow, and De Rond provides excellent real-life examples to support the research." -- School Administrator magazine (AASA) "The Abilene Paradox is just one of many fascinating revelations in this important book. Teams from the worlds of sports to business to nonprofits to family groups can benefit from de Rond's revealing insights." -- Financial Executive International "intriguing new book" -- Financial Times "Successful sports coaches have always understood that a lack of conflict in teams is not always a good thing and a belief in luck can be an important power-enhancing tool. Now, argues de Rond, it is high time business managers realised the same thing." -- I: Global Intelligence for the CIO "de Rond combines the latest social and psychological research with stories from world-class sports teams and high-performance athletes, testing many popular notions about teams and teaching a new way to view team potential as a path to business advantage." -- Business Executive "Mark de Rond highlights similarities between key business dilemmas and issues faced on sports teams, discussing the lessons that managers can learn from the world of high performance athletes." -- HR Grapevine "de Rond explains why so many of the most talented, gifted individuals have trouble working in teams and presents ways for team leaders to overcome this obstacle to high team performance." -- Business Digest "de Rond looks at what top performance athletes and coaches know about high performance ...to challenge common assumptions about teams." -- The Irish Times "A very well researched and stimulating book." -- HR Zone ADVANCE PRAISE for There Is an I in Team: Steve Hollis, Senior Partner, KPMG-- "Very few business books make me stop and think. De Rond's latest work very skillfully translates the drivers of team sport excellence and positions them in the more complex business arena. A must-read for anyone striving for competitive advantage." Edwin Moses, Chairman and CEO, Ablynx nv-- "Now I understand why there is an 'I in team' and also why there is a 'star in Mark de Rond.' Thought-provoking and applicable to an extraordinarily wide range of team situations. You will think and act differently after reading this." Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School; author, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy-- "There Is an I in Team debunks a host of commonly held beliefs about what makes teams work. An appreciation of the role of great individual performers--stars--in creating great teams is long overdue." Tom James, MBE, Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowing-- "This is an incredibly good book that challenges the current, and almost universal, definition of what a team is. De Rond's examination and reflections on human behavior within sport provides a highly intuitive insight into what really makes a team successful. A very enjoyable read." Glenn Earle, Former Chief Operating Officer, Goldman Sachs International-- "Intriguing and accessible. De Rond uses research, anecdotes and analysis from the world of sport to identify the combination of art and science necessary to develop and sustain a winning team. He shows how the greatest leaders motivate the individuals that make up their teams to work together, inspire each other, perform at the highest level, and win." Lord Bilimoria, CBE, DL, Chairman and Founder, Cobra Beer-- "There Is an I in Team challenges so many of the cliches about teamwork that we all take for granted. This is a book that is impossible to put down, yet it makes you stop, think, reflect, and question at every corner."

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Mark de Rond is an associate professor of Strategy and Organization at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. His previous book, The Last Amateurs, was selected by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2008 and by BBC Sport as one of the ten Best Sporting Reads of the year.

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Dump the team if you want to do well. Dr Mark de Rond, a leading expert on management at Judge Business School in Cambridge, says teams are so difficult to manage that it is better to avoid them altogether. “If you can do without a team I think you should. We think of teams as being relatively sexy. I’m not sure that is actually right. Ironically, since I’ve done extensive work on teams, I think that if you can avoid them you should because they can be very difficult to manage well".

He goes on to suggest that a lot of organisations are far better off getting people to work together as a working group where everyone knows what he or she has to do.

The author poses a number of questions: Why is it hard to get teams to realise their potential? How can people work more effectively on teams and why is there conflict when a team’s intentions are aligned? He looks at whether conflict is harmful or whether it helps the team dynamic. Key business issues like these, he says, mimic many of the challenges faced by sports teams, but the sports-related metaphors commonly used in business are trite and superficial, masking lessons that could be drawn from the world of high-performance athletics.

“Performance should take precedence over teamwork because over-emphasising the harmonious nature of a team can have a negative impact on performance. The assumption that many people make is that team harmony is somehow a cause or precursor for performance. A lot of the evidence nowadays points exactly the other way.”

It's an interesting point of view but it would be a brave man to minute it for the next board meeting.

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Mark de Rond, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organisation at Judge Business School, Cambridge (UK) provides insight from his work with elite athletes into how to get the most high-performers as part of a team. Taking examples from a range of areas this book, although unlikely to become a classic due to the lack of revolutionary concepts, does convey the author's passion for the subject, taking the reader along with him into his world.

A recommended light read.
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By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE on 15 Dec 2013
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This book is written by Mark de Rond, who is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organisation at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. This nicely presented book aims to strengthen the reader's understanding of the issues that permeate teams of high-performers. It combines social and psychological research with examples from world-class sports teams, coaches, athletes, and business executives.

This is a worthwhile book, extensively footnoted. It would probably resonate most with managers who like sport - and know the individuals used as examples eg Seve Ballesteros, and Adrian Moorhouse.

Recommended.
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This is a nice book that you can run through and absorb everything the author has to say. Nothing earth shattering when placed in the context of the masses that has been written about team management but there are some nice insights when applying the sports perspective. I enjoyed it in a light sense and there is a feeling that the author has a good feel of his subject material and is very motivated.

I had the impression that he was aiming for lightness so that you could take the messages away but for interest sake he has expanded on all the eye catching stuff eg Sir Alex Ferguson. You can't help but notice how this makes other less expanded passages seem less interesting or glib.
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By sjs101 VINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2013
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Expected more from this book, goes into some detail about but can really be considered a light read and not in depth
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By B. Innes VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2013
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Some interesting re-interpretations of behaviours and examples.

However it never really seemed to take a stand or provide much in the way of advice on how things could be used in business to build teams or improve dynamics.

However, I'd never seen the Michael Jackson response to 'There is no i in team' with the 'There is in winner' - worth it for that.
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By Jay Rainbow VINE VOICE on 16 Sep 2013
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Halfway through this book and I'm really enjoying it. Very informative and I think it will prove to be a good reference book to have on my library shelf
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By D. P. Mankin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2013
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I was expecting rather more from a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. Putting typically gimmicky Americanisms aside (e.g. "Lovable fools and competent jerks") I was expecting more depth - the main body of the book is only 150 pages (which does raise a question about it being published in the more expensive hardback format). The central premise of the book (captured in the book's strapline: "What elite athletes and coaches really know about high performance") merits a more comprehensive exploration of the topic - especially if business people are going to sit up and take notice of any of the autghor's conclusions. If argumentation is going to be effective then it must be based on a more insightful analysis. Overall rather lightweight and disappointing.
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