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Leading teams: expert solutions to everyday challenges

Series: Pocket mentor series Publisher: Harvard Business School Press, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 100 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 1422101843Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references
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Leading Teams Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges Contents Mentor's Message: Juggling Managing and Leading ix Team Management: The Basics 1 What Is a Team? 3 A general overview of team definitions, types, benefits, and problems. Identify the types of "teams" 4 Consider the benefits of teams 5 Understand the problems of teams 6 How to Plan for a Productive Team 9 Understand what teams do, what distinguishes productive teams, and how to set up your team for success. Understand what teams do 10 Identify the characteristics of productive teams 12 Plan for your own productive team 14 Watch for signs of failure 16 How to Form a Productive Team 19 Select the people with the right skills, experience, and attitude. Appeal to each person's underlying motivations. Identify team roles 20 Select the right kind of team members 20 How to Lead a Team 29 Understand the stages of the team process. Establish the team leader role as initiator, coach, and model. Recognize the team process 30 Organize a start-up meeting 30 Make the team goals clear to every team member 32 Establish ground rules 33 Assume your role as leader 36 Improve team communication 38 Develop a high-performing team. 43 Take a periodic time-out 49 How to Handle Team Problems 51 Recognize problems early and deal with them effectively from leadership mistakes to interpersonal conflicts that may threaten the team and its mission. Keep the team on target 52 Examine your own leadership style 55 Deal with performance problems 55 Manage conflicts 57 vi Contents Reunite factions 60 Step between one-on-one conflicts 62 Reinvigorate commitment 64 How to Evaluate Performance 69 Measures of success depend on both the team goals and team performance. Use appropriate performance measures 70 Select evaluation methods 72 Review the performance of individual team members 73 Reward your team 73 Tips and Tools 75 Tools for Leading a Team 77 Worksheets to help you plan, lead, and evaluate a team. Test Yourself 87 A helpful review of the concepts presented in this guide. Take it before and after you've read through the guide to see how much you've learned. To Learn More 93 Further titles of articles and books if you want to go more deeply into the topic. Sources for Leading Teams 99 Notes 101 For you to use as ideas come to mind. Contents vii

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