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Executive Teams



Executive Teams

David A. Nadler, Janet L. Spencer

ISBN: 978-0-787-91023-5 November 1997 Jossey-Bass 300 Pages

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Facing an explosion of workplace complexity, many executives choose a team-supported approach to organizational leadership over more traditional leadership models. Executive Teams provides both CEOs and senior team members themselves with an unprecedented set of insights and strategies they can use to build and maintain teams that live up to their full potential. Team members get ideas for: **Implementing strategy **Leading transformations **Changing organizational culture . . . and much more! " I strongly recommend [this book] to all those in charge of, on, or involved with executive teams."--Paul Allaire, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation Real-world case studies at Xerox, Corning, AT&T and other top companies to demonstrate exactly what executive teams are all about and detail the proficiencies CEOs must master to ensure their success. The range and depth of professional experience brought to Executive Teams makes it the most comprehensive, practically conceived work on the subject ever written.
Part One: A New Leadership Model
1. Leading Executive Teams
2. Executive team Effectiveness: Teamwork at the Top
3. The World of the CEO
4. Designing CEO and COO Roles
Part Two: Managing the Executive Team
5. The CEO and the Executive Team: Managing the Unique Dynamics and Special Demands
6. Performance on the Executive Team: When to Pull the Trigger
7. The Importance of Trust
8. Recognizing and Resolving Executive Team Conflict
9. The CEO's Role in Conflict Resolution
10. The Role of Feedback in Executive Team Effectiveness
Part Three: Leading the Organization: The Work of Executive Team Effectiveness
11. The Process of Governance
12. Developing Strategy
13. Leading Strategic Change Teams
14. Creating a High Performance Operating Environment
Conclusion: The Competitive Advantage of Executive Teams
"This book provides timely insight into the world of executive teams from those who have extensive experience with these select groups and know how they really work. Delta provides a tremendous value to those in charge of organizational leadership by sharing the lessons they have learned in a powerful way." -Paul Allaire, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

"When David Nadler observes that 'leadership is becoming a team sport,' he's exactly right. A CEO's most important priorities include selecting the right senior team and then providing the leadership to ensure each member a crisp understanding of roles and goals. No set of issues is more critical to success in today's environment. Nadler, Spencer, and their colleagues offer a unique set of insights and perspectives on these issues from their personal experience." -Randy Tobias, chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly & Company

"In our American culture (read 'individualism'), the most difficult group to coalesce into a team is the top group. Issues of power, control, status, and competition abound. This book provides highly useful answers and practical help for dealing with those tough issues and for building and maintaining executive teams." -W. Warner Burke, professor of psychology and education and chair, Department of Organization & Leadership, Columbia University

"If you ever had any doubts that a strong executive team is better equipped to lead in today's corporate environment than just one person, this book will quell those doubts3/4completely. The Delta Consulting Group has undertaken and succeeded in generating more major and significant organizational change projects than any consulting group of which I'm aware. Executive Teams is a must-read for every change agent. That means everybody." -Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California