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Team Building Books: Accelerate Your Team Building Success


People in every workplace talk about team building, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of team building or how to develop an effective team.

Many view teams as the best organization design for involving all employees in creating business success and profitability. These books will help you accelerate your team building success.

1. The Discipline of Teams: ...Small Group Performance Workbook

How to implement the disciplines, frameworks, tools, and techniques required for team building and team performance is the focus of this book by the authors of one of my favorites, "The Wisdom of Teams." Performance is the result of both the leader and the team successfully interacting for business results, quickly. (Jon R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith: John Wiley & Sons)
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2. Why Teams Can Fail and What To Do About It: Essential Tools for Anyone

Have a team that is under performing and not living up to expectations? This team building book offers suggestions for spotting performance problems and solving them. A long term favorite of mine, you'll learn a lot about helping teams perform more effectively from these team building recommendations. (Darcy Hitchcock: McGraw-Hill)
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3. Teams at Work: Seven Keys to Success

A clear model for diagnosing and improving a team's performance will assist beginning teams to grow. The action steps provided are the path to successful team building. Longer term teams will use these reminders for effective performance and ongoing team building. (Suzanne W. Zoglio: Tower Hill Press)
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4. The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork: Embrace Them ...

Autocratic leadership is dead; it doesn't work in today's organizations; it may never have really worked. Building a sense of team work in your organization will help you win and perform. These team building lessons help you professionally and personally contribute to the team. (John C. Maxwell: Nelson, Thomas Publishers)
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5. When Teams Work Best: 6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell ...

Twenty years of research into what makes teams work is shared here. The authors offer advice about improving team leadership, becoming more effective team members, developing positive team relationships, creating a more supportive organizational team environment, and enhancing team problem solving skills. (Frank M. J. LaFasto, Carl E. Larson: Sage Publications,Inc.)
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6. The Performance Factor: Unlocking the Secrets of Teamwork

Pat Macmillan discusses the six components needed to produce high performance teams. This readable book provides insight into the challenges facing groups. The role of the leader in service to the team and the importance of team purpose are emphasized. (Pat Macmillan: Broadman & Holman Publishers)
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7. Skilled Facilitator: Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups

You'd look a long time to find a book that defines the art and science of group facilitation as well as Schwarz in this instant classic. Starting with an introduction to group functioning, he offers insight into all aspects of groups including how to play the varying roles of the facilitator and work with different personalities and problems. (Roger M. Schwarz: Jossey-Bass)
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8. The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

A long-term favorite of mine, this team building book helps you understand how teams can impact your business. Research from actual organizations about why teams are important, what separates effective from ineffective teams, and how ganizations can tap into teams to become high-performance organizations is discussed. (Jon R. Katzenbach: McGraw-Hill)
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9. The One Minute Manager Builds High-Performing Teams (Updated)

Simplistic? Absolutely! But, this team building book covers the stages of team development, how to work with a team, the importance of team leadership and more. This highly readable book is a useful beginning read about teams. It's one that all team members will use and enjoy. (Eunice Parisi-Carew, Donald K. Carew, Kenneth H. Blanchard: Morrow/Avon)
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