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The Widsom of Teams Jon R Katzenbach is a director of McKinsey Company Inc where he has served the senior executives of leading companies for over thirty years His experience includes work with both public and private sector clients from the industrial financial and consumer industries He has also served a variety of nonprofit institutions He specializes in issues involving corporate governance organization and leadership Douglas K Smith is a former consultant at McKinsey Company Inc who today is a leading commentator on organizational performance and change Simply teams outperform people working alone This is especially true when the performance requires multiple skills judgements and experiences Consultants or former consultants of large consulting firms wrote the Wisdom of Teams The Wisdom of Teams authors have roots at McKinsey A consulting firm based out of Dallas Texas The authors have spent considerable time working with teams studying them and are now using their books to impart that knowledge to those seeking to form develop and facilitate successful teams in their organizations However the two books take very different approaches Teams are one of the catchwords of the 90s And with them has come an explosion of literature telling us what teams are and what they are not how to create them measure them use them and empower them A new vocabulary has emerged that distinguishes work groups from work teams and self-directed teams from all other teams Some of the essential lessons learned about teams and team performance are - Teams do not arise without a perforce challenge that is meaningful to those involved - Real teams results will be greater if the leaders aim their sights on preference - Biases toward individualism cannot interfere with the teams goals The Wisdom of Teams presents lessons learned from the success and failure of actual teams The authors base their wisdom on personal experience along with extensive interviews conducted with
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