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Managing Teams For Dummies

Managing Teams For Dummies

Marty Brounstein

ISBN: 978-1-118-06971-4

May 2011

360 pages



In the ever-changing world of work, the idea of spending some or all of your time working in teams is becoming more and more common. From solving problems, to tackling projects, to providing organizational leadership, the roles and importance of teams continue to grow. Leading a team is no easy job, but when a team gels, they can far outperform traditional work groups.

Managing Teams For Dummies is for anyone who has been asked to take on the role of team leader. This book can help you manage your team, whether you’re a senior manager or worker who doesn’t have supervisory responsibilities, but has become the point person on a specific project.

Managing Teams For Dummies can help you build and lead high-performing teams. Packed with tips on setting and reaching goals, resolving conflicts, leading teams through change, and providing team members with the skills to work together productively, this book will help you keep any team you mange focused and efficient. Managing Teams For Dummies will also:

  • Take you beyond the conceptual idea of teams and provide practical advice for developing groups that become winning teams
  • Describe the type of leadership needed to guide teams successfully and prepare you for challenges that arise
  • Reveal the three cornerstones’ model for developing team success and provide how-to strategies to make them happen
  • Discuss the types of teams that are growing in popularity, namely self-directed teams, project teams, and task teams
Teams make it possible to bring together the variety of skills, perspectives, and talents that you need in the contemporary workplace. With Managing Teams For Dummies you can make sure your team performs to the best of its ability and while trying to achieve its goal.

Part I: Getting Into Teams.

Chapter 1: Recognizing a Business Team When You See One.

Chapter 2: Creating a Team Culture: Going Beyond the Magic Wand.

Part II: Leadership for Team Success.

Chapter 3: Leading Teams as a Coach.

Chapter 4: Leading Teams Through Change.

Part III: Strategies for Building Productive Teams.

Chapter 5: The Focus Cornerstone: Seeing Where the Team Is Going, and How.

Chapter 6: Everyone Working Together: The Cohesiveness Cornerstone.

Chapter 7: Taking Responsibility: The Accountability Cornerstone.

Part IV: Developing Tools for Productive Team Players.

Chapter 8: Communicating: Listening and Speaking at Your Best.

Chapter 9: Problem-solving and Planning: Adding Method to the Madness.

Chapter 10: Resolving Conflicts on the Team.

Chapter 11: Making Decisions as a Team.

Chapter 12: Making the M Word (Meetings) Meaningful.

Part V: Managing Some Tougher Team Matters.

Chapter 13: Managing Without Supervisors: Self-Directed Teams.

Chapter 14: Managing Project Teams and Task Teams to Success.

Chapter 15: Show Us the Money: Incentives and Other Rewards for Teams.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Management Groups to Work as Teams.

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Getting a Team Back on Track.

Chapter 18: Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player.