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on 12 June 2016
This book is unashamedly pro-teamworking. This does not detract from its usefulness. It has a ring of authenticity, derived from observational study of about 50 teams in a variety of service and manufacturing industries; and it offers clarity - the points it makes are coherent and insightful. Each chapter has an interesting perspective (in contrast to many popular business books that are too often one-trick ponies). The book also includes a few sets of questions as aids to reflection and analysis. The scope of the material covered ranges from ideas that would help a small task-and-finish group up to and including perspectives gained from observing a team leading a strategic reconfiguration of a major multinational firm. The book was recommended as 'the' go-to book on teams and it did not disappoint. My one criticism would be that it is very much a product of the heyday of corporate America. For a modern-day / future-facing perspective, Laloux's 'Reinventing Organisations' develops many of the themes championed by this book.
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on 27 September 2014
A Team
"A team is a small group of people with complementary skills committed to a common purpose and set of specific performance goals.
They are committed to working with each other to achieve the team’s purpose and hold each other fully accountable for the team’s results".
Teamwork
"A set of values that encourages behaviours such as listening, constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognising the interests and achievements of others".
Source... The Wisdom of Teams , Jon R. Katzenback and Douglas K. Smith , HBS Press , 1993
Now I know the difference, this is as relevant now as when it was written in 19993. This book is a must for every accountable manager. I wish I read it in 1993.
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on 27 November 2015
Great book- makes you think about teams and the dynamics as well as providing another viewpoint.

Lots of anecdotes and examples
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on 16 December 2013
This is an excellent book in describing the requirements of a high performing team. Lots of stories to bring it to life and practical explanations that can be applied in the workplace. A must for anyone learning about, leading or simply being part of a team that wants to perform more effectively.
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on 4 May 2015
Still the best book on teams ever
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on 6 March 2015
Fast delivery - Good value for money
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on 28 August 2015
Very useful
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on 19 May 2016
ok
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on 23 August 2014
Excellent copy of a fine book, reasonably priced. Prompt delivery
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on 5 January 2012
The building of high performance teams is a concept that fascinates me. In this book the authors thoroughly research the concept and illustrate this with some intriguing examples. There are several good ideas and concepts in this book although slightly hidden underneath the surface. The structure could have been a bit better, there are few illustrations to illustrate the point (although those used are really good, for instance the team performance curve) and the examples used could have been a bit more dramatic. Good book on an extremely vital topic although slightly underwhelming
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