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Go Team!

Book Description

Effective teams are increasingly recognized as crucial to business success, but few people really understand how to build a team that taps and blends the skills of each member for a winning whole. In clear, simple language, "Go Team!" shows how to create that powerhouse team. Authored by the bestselling author Ken Blanchard, whose various leadership books have sold over 13 million copies, "Go Team!" outlines a three-step process that can benefit work teams, project teams, problem solving teams, leadership teams, and more. The book begins by defining what constitutes a great team, using examples from real life. It details elements critical to using conflict effectively, making and implementing decisions, sharing leadership among members, and being accountable for results. The book then explores the three stages of a change process to achieve greatness: sowing seeds for change, dealing with discouragement, and preparing for takeoff.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. FOREWORD
  5. INTRODUCTION MOVING TEAMWORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL
  6. ONE Understanding Next Level Teams a picture of your future
    1. WHY IS A NEW KIND OF TEAM NEEDED TODAY?
    2. WHAT KIND OF TEAM GETS GREAT RESULTS?
    3. NEXT LEVEL TEAMS AND THE LEADER’S ROLE
    4. BENEFITS OF NEXT LEVEL TEAMS
    5. PICTURING YOUR WORK GROUP AS A NEXT LEVEL TEAM
    6. MOVING FROM AN IDEA INTO ACTION
  7. STEP ONE Begin LearningNext Level Skills
    1. TWO Use Information to Build Responsibility
      1. DECISIONS REQUIRE INFORMATION
      2. WHAT INFORMATION TO SHARE?
      3. TRUST
      4. THE NEED TO CHANGE OUR BELIEFS ABOUT INFORMATION
    2. THREE Clarify Boundaries to Create Focused Action
      1. WHAT IS A BOUNDARY?
      2. BOUNDARIES CLARIFY ROLES
      3. BOUNDARIES ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY AND EXPLORATION
      4. BOUNDARIES: A CAUTION
    3. FOUR Act Like a Team to Promote Shared Involvement
      1. NEXT LEVEL TEAMS VERSUS WORK GROUPS
      2. STARTING A NEXT LEVEL TEAM HAS ITS CHALLENGES
      3. MAKING EFFECTIVE USE OF OUR DIFFERENCES
      4. TEAM BASICS: THE FOUR QUESTIONS A NEXT LEVEL TEAM MUST ANSWER
      5. TEAMWORK: A REQUIRED BUSINESS SKILL
  8. STEP TWO Accelerate the Change
    1. FIVE Share More Information to Enhance Trust
      1. FRUSTRATION IS TYPICAL, BUT IT IS A POWERFUL SOURCE OF ENERGY
      2. FIVE REASONS FOR FRUSTRATION
      3. FOCUS ON THE BENEFITS FOR TEAM MEMBERS
      4. SHARING MORE SENSITIVE INFORMATION
      5. SOLICITING INFORMATION FROM TEAM MEMBERS
      6. USING MEASUREMENTS AS INFORMATION TO ACCELERATE CHANGE
      7. INFORMATION SHARING MOVES THE TEAM FROM FRUSTRATION TO CHANGE
    2. SIX Widen the Boundaries to Promote Greater Freedom for Action
      1. THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAM GOALS
      2. WIDENING BOUNDARIES BY SETTING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS
      3. WIDENING THE BOUNDARIES TO INCLUDE ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES
      4. “BUT OUR TEAM CAN’T AFFECT ORGANIZATIONAL POLICY!”
      5. WIDER BOUNDARIES TURN DISCOURAGEMENT INTO DEVELOPMENT
    3. SEVEN Make Team Decisions to Create a Sense of Power
      1. MORE DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY FOR THE TEAM
      2. ENLISTING NATURAL TALENTS OF TEAM MEMBERS
      3. EXPANDING THE RANGE OF TEAM MEMBERS’ ROLES THROUGH TRAINING
      4. REMOVING OBSTACLES THROUGH EFFECTIVE TEAM PROCESSES
      5. WHAT MAKES TEAMS SUCCEED OR FAIL?
      6. EXPANDING TEAM PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING
      7. DISCOURAGEMENT AND CHANGE: THE END OF STEP 2
      8. AS WE TRANSITION TO STEP 3
  9. STEP THREE Master the Skills
    1. EIGHT Use Information to Drive Great Results
      1. HOW CAN BETTER USE OF INFORMATION KEEP THE CHANGE PROCESS GOING?
      2. DETERMINING WHAT INFORMATION IS UNNECESSARY
      3. REVISITING INFORMATION SHARING AND TRUST
      4. HELPING NEW TEAM MEMBERS
      5. MASTERING INFORMATION SHARING FOR THE NEXT LEVEL
    2. NINE Replace Boundaries with Vision and Values
      1. MAKING THE “RIGHT” DECISION
      2. WIDENING BOUNDARIES TO ENHANCE TEAM CONTRIBUTION
      3. VISION, MISSION, AND VALUES AS BOUNDARIES FOR YOUR TEAM
      4. EXPAND YOUR TEAM’S ROLE EVEN FURTHER
      5. TEAMS AS BUSINESS PARTNERS
      6. USING VISION AND VALUES FOR TEAM SUCCESS
    3. TEN Be a Next Level Team and Get Great Results
      1. HOW TO MAINTAIN A HIGH PERFORMANCE NEXT LEVEL TEAM
      2. MEASURE WORK PERFORMANCE
      3. MEASURE HOW THE TEAM IS FUNCTIONING
      4. EVALUATE DAILY
      5. BUILD THE TEAM USING OFF-SITE EXPERIENCES
      6. RECOGNITION
      7. RAISE THE BAR: LOOK FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
      8. BEING A NEXT LEVEL TEAM WITH A FUTURE
    4. ELEVEN Congratulations your team has made it to the Next Level
      1. TIME TO CELEBRATE
  10. NOTES
  11. INDEX
  12. SERVICES AVAILABLE
  13. LINKING GO TEAM! TO IMPORTANT TEAM CONCEPTS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS
  14. TEAM PRAISINGS
  15. ABOUT THE AUTHORS
  16. ABOUT BERRETT-KOEHLER PUBLISHERS
  17. BE CONNECTED