THE NEW WHY TEAMS DON'T WORK

What Goes Wrong and How to Make It Right

by Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley
Copyright 1998 by Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley

Winner, Best Management Book, The Americas,
Financial Times/Booz Allen & Hamilton
Global Business Book Awards
, 1995

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"WHY TEAMS DON'T WORK is a great business book because it looks up from the bottom, not down from the top, as most do. They describe in winning terms the tensions and anxieties that keep organizations from achieving worthwhile goals."

Michael Treacy, co-author, The Discipline of Market Leaders

"We all want to be part of authentic teams. How do we go about it? Finley and Robbins set us on a compelling journey to teams success by helping us see and embrace the secrets we often hide from ourselves and our teammates."

Richard J. Leider, author of The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags

"Michael Finley and Harvey Robbins, despite the title of their book, are the most pro-team guys you'll ever read. What they have done is to bring our consideration and discussion of teams out of the classrooms and boardrooms and into the trenches of the workaday world. The message is that teams CAN work but just not in the way we may have been led to expect. Robbins and Finley not only set us straight on the real world of teams but also tell how to make them work for our organizations."

James A. Autry, author of Confessions of an Accidental Businessman

"Teams generally fail not because managers don't manage, but because there is something wrong with the mindset of the team. An entitlement attitude, secret agendas, glory-hogging, and hiding under the covers are sure ways to drag a team down. WHY TEAMS DON'T WORK hits it on the head."
Judith M. Bardwick, author of Danger in the Comfort Zone

"This is an immensely helpful book. Finley and Robbins show that that the secret of great teams isn't found in buzzwords or gimmicks, but in bringing out the best in every individual. Their suggestions are compassionate, yet tough-minded and practical. Read this book, heed its wisdom, and experience the simultaneous pleasure of feeling better about yourself and seeing your team's performance and productivity rise."

Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D., advisor to organizational leaders and best-selling author of "The Performance Edge" and "Executive EQ"

 

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1  The Team Ideal......... 13

Chapter 2 Team Instinct............. 24

Chapter 3 Individual Needs vs. Team Needs............... 28

Chapter 4 Teamwork vs. Socialwork.......... 33

Chapter 5 Misplaced Goals, Confused Objectives......... 35

Chapter 6 Bad Decision Making.............. 44

Chapter 7 Uncertain Boundaries.............. 48

Chapter 8 Unresolved Roles........ 53

Chapter 9 The Wrong Policies and Procedures............ 58

Chapter 10 The People Problem..............62

Chapter 11 Dealing with Difficult People....... 75

Chapter 12 Leadership Failure................ 87

Chapter 13 Faulty Vision....... 109

Chapter 14 Toxic Teaming Atmosphere......... 112

Chapter 15 Competitive Hazards........ 123

Chapter 16 Communication Shortfalls...... 128

Chapter 17 Rewards and Recognition............... 138

Chapter 18 Trust Hell............ 146

Chapter 19 Change Issues.......... 160

Chapter 20 The Myth of Adventure Learning................ 177

Chapter 21 The Myth that Sport Teams and Work Teams Are Similar........ 181

Chapter 22 The Myth of Personality Type............... 184

Chapter 23 Myths of Team Leadership................. 187

Chapter 24 The Myth that People Like Working Together................. 190

Chapter 25 The Myth that Teamwork Is More Productive than Individual Work........... 192

Chapter 26 The Myth of 'The More, the Merrier' on Teams........ 193

Chapter 27 The Myth that Teams Must Somehow Have More than One Team Member to be a Team 195

Chapter 28 The Myth that Teams Work Everywhere............... 197

Chapter 29 Moving Teams through Stages toward Success......... 199

Chapter 30 Teams and Technology........... 212

Chapter 31 Long-Term Team Health........ 222

Epilog:  Toward Team Intelligence............ 228