Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times: Unlocking the Genius of Creative Collaboration

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Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2001 - Business & Economics - 265 pages
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Teams are everywhere, from boardrooms and schools to nonprofit groups and factories. With Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times, people can learn to tap into their collective brainpower to reach breakthrough results. A software company advertisement reads collaborate or die. It is an extreme message but one with a real-world basis. More than ever, organisations of every type rely on teams to get things done. As the popularity of the team approach grows, so does the need to ensure teams operate effectively. Although teaming skills have become essential the authors have found that most people on teams have never been taught the skills needed to function successfully. Many managers and team leaders operate under the misconception that dream teams result simply from serendipity. The truth is that successful teams can be developed. Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times presents a proven process for organisations to build teams that go beyond surviving to thriving. Whether a team's goal is charitable fund-raising or new product development, the book outlines ten essential principles applicable to all teams. Managers, team leaders and team members will learn to: * Create a collectiv
 

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Contents

GETTING INTO A BREAKTHROUGH FRAME OF MIND
1
PRINCIPLE
21
PRINCIPLE THREE
61
PRINCIPLE FOUR
89
PRINCIPLE FIVE
107
PRINCIPLE
129
PRINCIPLE SEVEN
145
PRINCIPLE EIGHT
171
PRINCIPLE NINE
193
PRINCIPLE
213
PUTTING THE PRINCIPLES IN ACTION
227
Resources
247
About the Authors
263
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About the author (2001)

Lisa Gundry is Professor of Management in the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, where she teaches courses in Creativity in Business, Entrepreneurship & New Venture Management, and Entrepreneurship Strategy. She is Director of the Leo V. Ryan Center for Creativity and Innovation at DePaul. The Center offers programs on creative discovery and business innovation to the academic and business communities. Dr. Gundry was awarded the Innovation in Business Education Award in 1997, by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Mid-Continent East Association. She has also received the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award. Her most recent book is entitled, Breakthrough Teams for Breakneck Times: Unlocking the Genius of Creative Collaboration (Dearborn Pub: 2001, with L. LaMantia). She is also co-author of Blueprints for Innovation, with Charles W. Prather, 1995, Amacom, and Field Casework: Methods for Consulting to Small and Start-up Businesses, (Sage with A. Buchko, 1996). Dr. Gundry has published numerous articles in journals including, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Relations, Journal of Small Business Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Journal of Enterprising Culture, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Dynamics. She conducts research on issues related to innovative processes in organizations, entrepreneurial growth strategies, and creativity in business. Her work has been featured in media such as The Wall St. Journal, Newsweek, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Crain s Chicago Business.

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