Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances

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Harvard Business Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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Teams have more talent and experience, more diverse resources, and greater operating flexibility than individual performers. So why do so many teams either struggle unpleasantly toward an unsatisfactory conclusion-or, worse, crash and burn shortly after launch?



J. Richard Hackman, one of the world's leading experts on group and organizational behavior, argues that the answer to this puzzle is rooted in flawed thinking about team leadership. It is not a leader's management style that determines how well a team performs, but how well a leader designs and supports a team so that members can managethemselves.


According to Hackman, cookie-cutter formulas and prescribed leadership styles often backfire because they place far too much emphasis on the leader as the primary cause of team behavior. InLeading Teams, he identifies the key conditions that any leader can put in place to increase the likelihood of team success-regardless of his or her personality or preferred style of operating.



Through extensive research and compelling examples ranging from orchestras to economic analysts to airline cockpit crews, Hackman identifies five conditions that set the stage for great performances: a real team, a compelling direction, an enabling team structure, a supportive organizational context, and the availability of competent coaching.



Leading Teamsoutlines what leaders can do to structure, support, and guide teams in a way that


enhances the social processes essential to collective work;


builds shared commitment, skills, and task-appropriate coordination strategies;


helps members troubleshoot problems and spot emerging opportunities; and


captures experiences and translates them into shared knowledge.



Out of these conditions, Hackman argues, the very best teams emerge-teams that exceed client expectations, grow in capability over time, and contribute to the learning and personal fulfillment of individual members.



Authoritative, practical, and astutely realistic,Leading Teamsoffers a new and provocative way of thinking about and leading work teams in any organizational setting.
AUTHORBIO:J. Richard Hackmanis the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. He resides in Bethany, Connecticut, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  

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I really enjoyed this book. Though, it was not an easy read. JRH has packed decades of research into the book and each page is full of references and information. He has illustrated each of his points thoroughly and even has a sub-text running throughout the book covering the experience of someone who seemed to apply his model intuitively, it is a great story with a twist.
As with other well illustrated referrences, the illustrations can become a bit overwhelming till you get the model.
His model is comprehensive, substantiated and mildly contrarian. He even questions the well-worn Bruce Tuckman model.
 

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I read this in tandem with "The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work" by Teresa Amabile and the two books are nicely complementary. Hackman addresses ... Read full review

Contents

The Challenge
3
ENABLING CONDITIONS
35
A Real Team
37
Compelling Direction
61
Enabling Structure
93
Supportive Context
133
Expert Coaching
165
OPPORTUNITIES
197
Imperatives for Leaders
199
Thinking Differently about Teams
233
Notes
257
Bibliography
283
Index
301
About the Author
311
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J. Richard Hackman is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. He resides in Bethany, Connecticut, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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