A Collection of Readings about How and Why Teams Work
In my experience in training and coaching over 2,000 executive problem-solving teams, I've discovered that there are two major components that help every team function effectively. One is the mechanics, tools, and methods of teamwork. And, the other is the art of teamwork.
The mechanics are covered in a sequential user manual called, Why Problems in Your Business Don't Get Solved and What To Do About It. This publication - Team Readings Update - has some 30 articles in it that introduce the art of teamwork. Although there is some overlap between these two manuals, this is more a reading manual and to Why Problems in Your Business Don't Get Solved is more of an in a meeting guidebook.
Team Readings talks about team leadership, team design, team process, how to dig deeper and grow more, decision-making, and problem-solving. Five different sections are on managing differences and then a whole set of descriptions for five special functions that a team can pursue, such as a monthly financial review and action planning sessions, how to end bad projects, how to stop fighting fires, and lastly, increasing workflow productivity.
Two articles use wonderful analogies from baseball and the martial arts to help team leaders and team members who know the basics of team work take their understanding to the next level.