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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 December 2015
This book turns out to be another skimpy overview of an important subject with a large dose of self promotion of ActionCOACH.

Here is what you get with page numbers so you can imagine the depth of coverage of the issues.

1 - Vision, mission and culture - surprise, surprise we have Action's vision, Action's mission statement, and Action's 14 points of culture. (pages 1 to 9)

2 - Putting together the dream team - which covers the DISC personality profile (Dominant, Influential, Steady and Compliant) which is one of the leading personality tests. This chapter (the best in the book) gives brief tips on how each of the four dominant characteristics can be managed. It then looks at living styles (respect for self v respect for others) and working styles (same concept but in the workplace). (pages 11 to 27)

3 - Six keys to a winning team (pages 29 to 39)
3.1 - strong leadership
3.2 - common goals
3.3 - rules of the game
3.4 - action plan
3.5 - support risk taking
3.6 - 100 percent involvement/inclusion

4 - Getting the environment right - which touches on delegation, belief systems, values and identity, responsibility, accountability, making staff feel part of the family (pages 41 to 48)

5 - Putting systems in place (pages 49 to 56)

6 - Recruiting team members - the Action COACH recruitment system including advertising, selection, interviewing and appointment (pages 57 to 79)

7 - Getting the beliefs right - which is about getting your own act together so that you can lead by example (pages 81 to 103)

8 - Synergy which is basically some Action COACH general success stories - it would have been nice to have seen more relevance to the "Instant Team Building" book title. (pages 105 to 117)

The book finished with Action COACH self promotion finishing on page 140.

On the plus side, "Instant Team Building" is much better than some of the other Bradley Sugars books. It raises some interesting ideas and it is better written.

You can do better much better if you are looking for a book on team building and you don't have to put up with the self promotion.

About my book reviews - My goal is to help you to find the best business advice. I aim to be a tough but fair reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb it. A two star review indicates that I'm very disappointed and I believe the book should have been much better to deserve your attention.

Paul Simister, business coach
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on 21 February 2010
The book is OK-ish. A bit simplistic and does not go into as much detail as is necessary.

But what is NOT OK is the "raving" reviews by Dan Farquhar and other Action underlings who are giving a misrepresented review in order to promote Sugars'sales.

Farquhar has given rave reviews to the entire 'Instant' series. But he has not reviewed anything any other book. Interesting ....

People are not stupid.

I am disappointed that Amazon can do nothing about this misrepresentation and sharp, dishonest practice.
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on 30 May 2016
Not the best book we have ever read, but ok to get the team started with
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on 23 July 2007
Your team can be your biggest asset as well as being your biggest liability, this book shows you how to treat you team so that you, your team and your business benefits.
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on 13 January 2006
...you only get the people you deserve...or so they say!
A must read for managers and small business owners alike - learn how to build a winning team and take your business to the next level.
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