Teamwork: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong

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SAGE, Aug 1, 1989 - Business & Economics - 150 pages
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What are the secrets of successful teams? Why do some teams achieve remarkable success while others fail or are consigned to mediocrity? To find the answers, Larson and LaFasto interviewed a wide range of teams, including the space shuttle Challenger investigation team and executive management teams, and discovered a surprising consistency in the characteristics of effective teams. The authors explore the eight properties of successful teams and examine priorities in building a high-performance team.
 

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Contents

Series Editors Introduction
7
Toward Understanding Teams and Teamwork
13
A Clear Elevating Goal
27
ResultsDriven Structure
39
Competent Team Members
59
Unified Commitment
73
Standards of Excellence
95
External Support and Recognition
109
Principled Leadership
118
Inside Management Teams
130
References
141
About the Authors
150
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Frank LaFasto, Ph.D., recently retired as Senior Vice President of Organization Effectiveness after 30 years with Cardinal Health, Inc., a multinational health care company. An internationally recognized author and lecturer on management issues, Frank has more than 35 years’ experience helping organizations build and sustain successful teams. Frank has written two best-sellers on the subject: Teamwork and How Teams Work Best, co-authored by Carl Larson. He currently consults with private and public sector organizations to help them build effective teams, lead critical change initiatives, and develop executive talent. Frank resides in Lake Forest, Illinois.