Summary of World Class Teams

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Lynda C. McDermott, Nolan Brawley and William W. Waite present an excellent guide to creating effective cross-functional teams that operate across international boundaries. This hands-on book is directed to those involved in setting up, leading or coaching teams. While the authors include some intriguing examples of successful teams, this is more of a workbook that describes the procedures for setting up teams and measuring their performance. Practical executives will find lists of questions to ask and steps to take in this well-organized description of the managerial process, from setting up teams to rewarding successful efforts. The book is clearly written, despite some long, unwieldy sentences. getAbstract recommends this solid book to managers and executives, team leaders, human resource and organizational development professionals, and other participants who contribute to or benefit from the work of international teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why a team structure may be best suited to cope with the conditions in today’s marketplace;
  • How to set up a world-class team;
  • Why bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds demands a high set of social skills; and
  • How establishing values and operating agreements is a critical component in building a team.

About the Authors

Lynda C. McDermott is president of EquiPro International. An author and speaker, she is frequently quoted as an industry expert by the business press, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Business Week. She has served on the board of the American Society for Training and Development. Nolan Brawley is Director of Pharmaceutical Training and Development for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He consults internationally with 52 international subsidiaries on team and leadership development. William W. Waite is executive vice president of EquiPro International, was formerly director of CIGNA Corp., and has consulted extensively with executive teams in more than 25 countries.



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