When the first edition of think one team posed the intriguing proposition, ‘Imagine the possibilities when everyone in your organisation thinks and acts as one big team’, both the publisher and author hoped this would spark interest among business leaders and teams.
History now tells us that the book, with its combination of engaging story and easy-to-implement model, created more than just a little attention and quickly became and remained a bestseller in Australia.
The first positive signals came from team leaders who bought the book because those three words — ‘think one team’ — resonated as a solution to the silo mentality that causes so many of the frustrations of working in medium-to-large organisations. I've lost count of the number of emails and conversations in which people have told me that the story could have been written about their organisation!
Those team leaders believed that their teams would enjoy and benefit from reading the story so they bought a copy for each person. This created a shared language and a way of opening up conversations about how they could work better together within and between teams. Many organisations in government and industry built on this by providing the book to all their employees to reinforce the work they were doing on organisational values, and leadership and team development.
As organisations became familiar with the ‘think one team’ method, many approached our consulting firm with requests for more tools and coaching ...