Summary of Extraordinary Groups

How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results

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Extraordinary Groups book summary
Things get done not in big organizations, but in small, well-organized, extraordinary groups.


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Consider the great things that small groups have accomplished. The 1969 Apollo 11 crew, the first humans on the moon, comprised only three members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin Jr. In 1976, three guys – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne – formed Apple Computer. In this necessary guide to groupthink, authors Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan contend that small, exceptional groups – not big organizations – account for many major achievements. They describe such teams, discuss what makes them special, and offer suggestions on how to benefit from small group agility and creativity. getAbstract finds that this book is a useful blueprint for leaders who want to develop and sustain superior small teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people gravitate to small groups
  • Why small groups attain their goals better than large organizations
  • What is the “Group Needs” model
  • What are the chief characteristics of extraordinary groups
  • How to optimize group performance


The Advantages of Small Groups Over Large Organizations
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About the Authors

Geoffrey Bellman wrote The Consultant’s Calling. Kathleen Ryan is the co-author of The Courageous Messenger and Driving Fear Out of the Workplace.

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