The Team Approach by Steven J. Stowell & Stephanie S. Mead


The Team Approach by Steven J. Stowell & Stephanie S. Mead
Click the link to purchase your copy of The Team Approach: With Teamwork Anything Is Possible from Amazon.com.

Author: Steven J. Stowell and Stephanie S. Mead
Publisher: CMOE Press
Copyright Date: 2007
Foundational Characters: n/a
Standard Rating: Y+
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Available Formats: Hardcover, Kindle
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0972462740
ISBN-13: 978-0972462747
Book Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
Page Count: 196
Genre: Non-Fiction
Sub-Genre: Business, Teamwork, Team-Building, Management, Leadership, Management Science, Organizational Development, Entrepreneurship, Business & Investing, Small business, Human Resources, Human Resource Management, Personnel Management
Tags: Non-Fiction, Business, Teamwork, Team-Building, Management, Leadership, Management Science, Organizational Development, Entrepreneurship, Business & Investing, Small business, Human Resources, Personnel Management

Description

Never in the history of human experience has there been a greater need for people working in groups to perform at a higher level in an effort to solve the world’s social, technical, political, and environmental problems. As organizations grow in size, as work becomes more complicated, and as competition heats up across the globe, teamwork holds the best possibility for solutions to complex problems that will enable individuals and businesses alike to flourish. From all corners of the business world, people are interested in tapping into the energy, synergy, and ingenuity that only come from a high-performing team. From our perspective, this phenomenon is neither a fad, nor a flavor-of-the-month management technique designed to squeeze more out of people. Legions of leaders, managers, and employees are rediscovering that teamwork can increase productivity, offer satisfying rewards, and produce quality relationships in the work place.
(From the publisher’s website)

From the Dust Jacket

There has never been a greater need in the history of the human experience for people working in groups to perform at a higher level in order to solve our social, technical, political, and environmental problems. As organizations grow in size, work becomes more complicated, and competition heats up across the globe, teamwork holds the best possibility for solutions to complex problems that will enable individuals and businesses alike to flourish. From all corners of the business world, people are interested in tapping into the energy, synergy, and ingenuity that only comes from a high-performing team. From our perspective, this phenomena is neither a fad, nor a flavor-of-the-month management technique designed to squeeze more out of people. Legions of leaders, managers, and employees are rediscovering that teamwork can increase productivity, offer satisfying rewards, and produce quality relationships in the work place.

The authors of The Team Approach contend that there are stunning parallels between the forces of teamwork that are observable in nature and what we see in modern organizations. Mother Nature and history are both powerful teachers as they have combined over and over again to demonstrate that teamwork is ageless and timeless. The authors will illustrate and elaborate on the key building blocks of teamwork in virtually any setting through their Diamond Model of Teamwork. This remarkably clear and easy to understand model will help anyone form and develop a team that is capable of unbelievable achievements. The elements that make up the Diamond Model of Teamwork are universal. So it doesn’t really matter if you are serving on an R&D project, government agency, sales team, manufacturing group, school staff, or a group of NBA referees huddling and debating a call. The principles and skills described in The Team Approach can help any kind of team make the leap to the next level.

Dr. Stowell and Ms. Mead make the case that team success is everyone’s responsibility. Consciously or unconsciously, everyone chooses to either help the team pull together or pull apart with their actions and words. Team members who choose to be enrolled and actively involved in the pursuit of a clear purpose with a deep sense of responsibility will generate an unbeatable force. With the right team anything is possible.

The book has been written in a straight-forward, reader-friendly fashion and is full of examples, real experiences, metaphors, thoughts, and stories to pull you easily through and explain the core concepts of the Diamond Model of Teamwork. The Team Approach is designed more for the practitioner than the academician. In a special chapter of the book, the authors explore the unique issues and challenge that leadership teams encounter and how to work through them. So, if you are looking for specific, actionable ideas to implement in your team, you have come to the right place as the authors and their colleagues share insights from 40 years of combined study, consultation, and teaching on the subject of team development.

Regardless of the particular area of interest, readers will come away with renewed motivation to help elevate their team to a new standard of performance.

The Revelation

Voicing the business case for creating and developing effective working teams has been a big business over the past 20 years or more. Research in this area has increased, too, and has shown that teams that work well together experience more success. While it may be cliché to include a sports team example, there is no better metaphor for making the business case for establishing and training teams to work together. Ball teams that act like a team and play like a team win more games. Many readers will likely say to themselves, “Duh? Everyone knows that teams who act like teams, and work together like teams, perform at a higher level.” This begs the question: So why aren’t more teams performing better? I think the answer is this: they simply don’t know how.

The Team Approach by Steven Stowell and Stephanie Mead presents a model for teams to use that will help them improve their performance. This model can be applied to businesses and any other organization style that forms people into groups in order to get things done.

The Diamond Model of Teamwork is probably the strongest aspect of this book. Backed by research, the authors elaborate throughout the book on ways to help teams work better together. It is the Model that drives the whole process and is divided into three main areas:

  1. The Center
    • Leader
    • Member
  2. The Middle Area
    • Direction
    • Process
    • Community
    • Structure
  3. The Outer Edge
    • The Environment

All of these topics impact teams in very intriguing ways. Stowell and Mead elaborate extensively on each of these points, drawing on real world research and experience as they work the reader through each point of the model. Also, their colleagues chime in and add their experience to help readers understand key points of the model. Their clients have found a lot of success while using the Diamond Model of Teamwork in their teams and businesses. If your team needs help, this book may contain the solution.

Characteristics

This book contains no questionable material and is well-suited for all readers.

Click the link to purchase your copy of The Team Approach: With Teamwork Anything Is Possible from Amazon.com.

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