Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – III

Finally I am done reading the book! Very long reading indeed, usually I spend very little time in reading, and skim through most of the content, but this one I thought was time well spent, and I was right. Here is what I got out of the book: 1. Performance is the single most important driver for excellent team output. 2. You can not force team to be high-performing, you can only create conditions for them to prosper by defining clear, measurable, specific performance goals and specifying how they will be measured. 3. High-performance teams are rare as you go … Continue reading Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – III

Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – II

(Reposted from my anandoned blog) Read some more, and found some parts very interesting. For example, the author contends that a working group is way more productive and useful to the organization than a pseudo-team. According to the definitions used by the authors, a working group is when each of the members work on their own strengths/skills and the sum of individuals is equal to the whole. A pseudo-team is when the members think that they are a team though they are not (because they lack one of the important ingredients of the team: small size, common purpose, challenge, complimentary … Continue reading Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – II

Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – I

(Reposted from my abandoned blog)  This is a great book: The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization by J. R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith I have read only first couple of chapters and stories, but I am already getting a feeling that I am going to like every single word here! Basically the book talks about what takes to build a great team and the authors’ hypothesize that giving a great challenge and setting very high performance standard is a must to get a good team and then set out to show by examples and logic to prove it (there … Continue reading Reading and thoughts on world-class teams – I