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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

Jon R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith

ISBN: 978-0-471-38254-6 April 2001 256 Pages


An essential guide for any small group that must deliver team performance.

With the demand for project-oriented work and faster, more nimble responses, successful small-group performance is more crucial than ever. Katzenbach and Smith, authors of the international bestseller The Wisdom of Teams, have again joined forces, revealing how to implement the disciplines, frameworks, tools, and techniques required for team- and small-group performance. Combining their insights and practical strategies, they offer concepts and pragmatic, doable exercises for team leaders and team members to deliver results. Hot topics covered include: why small-group performance demands expertise at two disciplines, team level and leader level, instead of one; virtual teams; and global teams. This book combines practical exercises with cutting-edge insights, and both authors are authorities on the subject.

Attend a featured author workshop at the 13th International Conference on Work Teams: Collaborating for Competitive Advantage, September 23-25, 2002, in Dallas, TX. For information, contact the Center for the Study of Work Teams at 940 565 3096 or visit them online at


Mastering Two Disciplines--Not One.

Virtual Teaming.

Outcomes--Not Activities--Shape Your Choice.

Performance Agendas for Applying Both Disciplines.

Applying the Team Discipline: Number and Skill.

Applying the Team Discipline: Common Purpose, Goals, and Working Approach.

Applying the Team Discipline: Mutual and Individual Accountability.

Obstacles and Opportunities for Virtual Teaming.

Getting Unstuck.

Teams and Change.

Epilogue: Wisdom is Discipline.