Katzenbach, J. R. and Smith, D. K. (1993). The Wisdom of Teams: Creating
the High-Performance Organization. (EN-0305)
New York: Harper Collins. ISBN: 0-88730-676-4
Editorial reviews from amazon.com.
-- Industry Week
"This book offers valuable advice in the fine art of building teams for high performance results...The authors provide real and disguised examples...along with specific recommendations...and offer useful ideas for balancing work responsibilities, executive egos, communications, and skills." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
-- Senator Bill Bradley
"The Wisdom of Teams captures the power and vision of what great business teams can accomplish. Its stories and lessons should be read and learned." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
-- Harvey Golub, CEO, American Express Company\
"Teams at any level in the organization make all the difference to performance. This book describes, with inescapable clarity, the discipline necessary for both teams and performance." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
-- Financial Times\
"An unusually thorough study of teams...As well as challenging much conventional wisdom about teams, the book is full of advice about how to organize proper--and properly effective--teams." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
-- John Byrne Business Week
"A thoughtful and well-written book filled with fascinating examples. . . . You will be hard-pressed to find a better guide to the essential building block of the organization of the future." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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:
Comprehensive and proven effective,The Wisdom of Teams is the classic primer on making teams a powerful too[ for success in today's global marketplace.
Two senior McKinsey and Company partners argue that we cannot meet the challenges ahead--from total quality to customer service to innovation--without teams. In interviews with hundreds of people in more than 50 different teams in 30 companies, Katzenbach and Smith discover what differentiates various levels of team performance, where and how teams work best, and how to enhance their effectiveness. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Includes dozens of stories and case examples involving real people and situations. Captures the power and vision of what great business teams can accomplish. DLC: Word groups. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jon R. Katzenbach has been with McKinsey & Company, Inc., for more than three decades, and is considered to be one of the firm's leading thinks on issues or organization and performance.
Douglas K. Smith is a leading commentator and consultant on organization performance and change who has also co-authored two previous books: Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented and The Ignored the First Personal Computer and Sources of the African Past.