Summary of Building Effective Teams

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Building Effective Teams book summary
Put middle managers back to work with effective team-building strategies and leadership goals for the global market.


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Two words – middle management – often provide the punch line for comic strips and business jokes. But many people misunderstand the role of middle managers. When they work as team leaders, middle tier executives can dramatically improve a company’s competitive performance. In clear language, this book from Duke Corporation Education outlines a solid case for using middle managers as team leaders. Its examples and formulas are straightforward, albeit a bit dry at times. getAbstract thinks that all managers, particularly those in the middle ranks, will find that this book gets straight to the point with unvarnished insights and practical guidance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to establish team priorities and procedures;
  • Why middle managers make good team leaders;
  • Why internal and external communication networks matter;
  • How to align and evaluate a team’s performance; and
  • How to manage a dispersed “virtual” team.


Meet the Middle Managers
Over the years, midlevel managers have been miscast as the fall guys and scapegoats for all sorts of corporate ailments, even as layoffs, outsourcing and technology have thinned their ranks. Middle managers have been accused of disrupting corporate communications...
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