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The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance

The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance
Author: Jon R. Katzenbach - Douglas K. Smith - Doug Smith
ISBN 13: 9780471382546
ISBN 10: 47138254
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2001-04-06
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $40.00

They took the world by storm with The Wisdom of Teams, the overwhelmingly successful bestseller that was translated into fifteen languages and sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide. Now, the world's two leading authorities on teams and team dynamics join forces once again to help organizations large and small implement the disciplines, frameworks, tools, and techniques that raise small-group performance to a whole new level.

In The Discipline of Teams, Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith present significant insights on team performance that they have gained in the near-decade since the publication of Wisdom. They explore the two critical disciplines that drive performance in small groups, providing concrete steps that groups can take to ensure the use of the right discipline at the right time. They also address new developments such as virtual teaming and global teaming that both amplify the importance of team performance and present new challenges to achieving it.

Providing detailed guidance and dozens of exercises that help reinforce team discipline, this mindbook-workbook helps small groups distinguish between outcome- and activity-based goals. It also provides the tools teams need to create and manage themselves according to a performance-based agenda. The authors detail the six basic principles of team discipline and offer guidance on applying these principles to team performance challenges.

An important additional purpose of this book is to help teams exploit the opportunities presented by modern communication technology to accomplish group work and performance-while illustrating how team discipline plays just as critical a role in the achievements of global and virtual teams.

Performance is key to team success-and The Discipline of Teams provides the conceptual and practical guidance that will help any team in any organization set and achieve performance goals beyond their wildest dreams.


Consultants Katzenbach and Smith discuss "teaming" and "single-leader discipline" as the two essential disciplines for achieving small group performance in all sorts of organizations. Some topics covered include virtual teaming, performance agendas, and applying the six basic principles of team discipline (as defined in the authors' previous book, ). Group exercises are provided at the end of each chapter. The volume does not include bibliographical references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)