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Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Wisdom of Teams – 21 – Programmed to Win

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.)

Ultimately, the satisfaction in the team’s performance becomes the most cherished reward. Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 20 – Trust through Alignment

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.) 

real teams do not emerge unless the individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence, and hard work.

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Of the risks required, the most formidable involve building the trust and interdependence necessary to move from individual accountability to mutual accountability. Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 19 – Leadership for Excellence with Enjoyment

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.)

Furthermore, leadership is shared in high-performance teams. The formal leadership role remains, but is mostly ceremonial or for the benefit of outsiders. Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 18 – Fun@Work Reinforced

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.)

the team found a lot of fun at work—something we have often observed in real teams and even more in high-performance teams.

Significantly, all of them described the fun and the sense of humor of the team in contexts that related directly to performance. We would suggest that fun, just like teamwork values, is only real and sustainable if it feeds off the team’s purpose and performance aspirations. Read More…

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The Wisdom of Teams – 17 – The Value of Commitment

(In this series of posts offering excerpts from the book, ‘The Wisdom of Teams’ by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith (Harvard Business School Press), the excerpts are in bold.)

What sets apart high-performance teams, however, is the degree of commitment, particularly how deeply committed the members are to one another. Read More…

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