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Managing Teams

Is teamwork a time saver or a time waster? It all depends on you, how you organize your team members and whether you can make them all pull in the same direction.

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Simply Effective
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Ron Ashkenas

Harvard Business Review Press, 2009

(9)

Stand Back and Deliver
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Pollyanna Pixton et al.

Addison-Wesley, 2009

(9)

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Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

Gallup Press, 2006

(9)

The Geek Gap
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Bill Pfleging and Minda Zetlin

Prometheus Books, 2006

(9)

How to Grow Leaders
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John Adair

Kogan Page, 2005

(9)

Execution Plain and Simple
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Robert A. Neiman

McGraw-Hill, 2004

(9)

Painless Performance Conversations
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Marnie E. Green

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013

(8)

Communication for International Business
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Bob Dignen and Ian Mcmaster

Collins, 2013

(8)

What Is Global Leadership?
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Ernest Gundling et al.

Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011

(8)

The Mindful International Manager
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Jeremy Comfort and Peter Franklin

Kogan Page, 2011

(8)

The Next Level
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Scott Eblin

Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2010

(8)

The Zero Turnover Sales Force
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Doug McLeod

AMACOM, 2010

(8)

Collaboration
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Morten T. Hansen

Harvard Business Review Press, 2009

(8)

Strengths Based Leadership
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Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

Gallup Press, 2009

(8)

Great Business Teams
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Howard M. Guttman

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008

(8)

Hot Spots
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Lynda Gratton

Berrett-Koehler, 2007

(8)

Know-How
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Ram Charan

Crown, 2007

(8)

Consensus through Conversation
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Larry Dressler

Berrett-Koehler, 2006

(8)

Leading at a Higher Level
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Ken Blanchard

FT Prentice Hall, 2006

(8)

Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer
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Michael A. Roberto

Wharton School Publishing, 2005

(8)

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
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Patrick M. Lencioni

Jossey-Bass, 2005

(8)

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Managing Teams

Not even the most gifted corporate executive can operate in a vacuum. You can accomplish success in business only through committed teamwork that’s rooted in mutual respect and cooperation. Managing a team means understanding and accepting the strengths, weaknesses and personality quirks of your employees and blending them into a cohesive unit.

Natural-born leaders are the exception to the rule. The majority of the corporate trendsetters who have left their imprints across the business landscape learned through trial and error how to manage teams. In fact, getAbstract’s summary library includes sage advice from the legendary figures who grasped both the foundational principles and the nuances of team leadership.

Create a Vision

Effective team leadership begins with creating a vision, then convincing your people that it is possible to achieve it. Great leaders are extraordinary salespeople. The unshakeable belief they have in themselves and their abilities becomes contagious and unifies their teams in the pursuit of a common goal. Managers and employees alike can derive exceptional benefit from exploring getAbstract’s library and learning best practices for team management.

Execute Your Plan

In rare instances, those who develop great ideas do not have to execute them. But in most cases, the executive with the vision is also responsible for its implementation. getAbstract’s summaries are an excellent source for understanding the delegation of tasks and the proper methods for monitoring your team’s progress. Ambitious initiatives rarely unfold flawlessly, so you’ll also be prepared to deal with unexpected setbacks and take the necessary corrective actions.