The Wisdom of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach
Creating the High-Performance Organization

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Teams -- the key to top performance

Motorola relied heavily on teams to surpass its competition in building the lightest, smallest, and highest-quality cell phones. At 3M, teams are critical to meeting the company's goal of producing half of each year's revenues from the previous five years' innovations. Kodak's Zebra Team proved the worth of black-and-white film manufacturing in a world where color is king.

But many companies overtook the potential of teams in turning around tagging profits, entering new markets, and making exciting innovations happen -- because they don't know how to utilize teams successfully. Authors Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith talked with hundreds of people in more than thirty companies to find out where and how teams work best and how to enhance their effectiveness. They reveal:

The most important element in team success
Who excels at team leadership ... and why they are rarely the most senior people
Why companywide change depends on teams ... and more

Comprehensive and proven effective, The Wisdom of Teams is the classic primer on making teams a powerful tool for success in today's global marketplace.
 

About Jon R. Katzenbach

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Jon R. Katzenbach has been helping companies get extraordinary results from their employees for nearly fifty years. He was senior partner and director of McKinsey and Co.; he now directs his own firm, Katzenbach Partners LLC, a New York–based consulting firm that specializes in leadership, team building, and workforce performance. He is the author of Peak Performance and Teams at the Top and coauthor of The Wisdom of Teams and Real Change Leaders.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Harvard Business Review Press. 291 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The importance of teams has become a cliche of modern business theory, but few have a clear idea of what it means. In this new edition of their best-selling primer, Katzenbach and Smith try to impart

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