Wageman, Nunes, and Hackman discuss 3 essential and 3 enabling conditions for designing an effective team at the top of an organization. If you are part of, or lead a top leadership team, this is the book for you.
If you want to cut through the fluff, and learn how to build a great team, this is the book for you. Wheelan provides a step-by-step guide to lead a group through the stages of group development and become a true, high-performance team.
Frisch reminds us of the significance of including people outside of the “formal” executive team in decision-making processes. This is a great book to read if you want to improve the quality and effectiveness of decision-making within your leadership team.
This ebook is designed to promote conversation and next steps regarding the overall health of your senior leadership team. The read will take half an hour and will drive you to move forward.
This book will teach you how to build collectives to manage knowledge, exchange best practices, and coordinate action. Fantastic conceptualization of how to bring the promise of teamwork to an organization even when all the conditions necessary for true teamwork aren’t present.
Katzenbach and Smith reveal why substantive change depends on true teamwork while also defining what makes a team. This book illustrates excellent team performance, making it a must read.
Read this if you want to be challenged to do teamwork differently. Schrage argues typical team practices, such as dividing and conquering the work among team members, and explains that we must actually collaborate to create better solutions to our most pressing problems.
Keller’s book examines how God calls upon us to express meaning and purpose throughout our works and careers. This is a great book to learn the discernment to balance your personal and professional lives.
This is a great book if your team wants to embark on a growth endeavor together. Designed as a 42-day spiritual guide, Warren’s book will shed light on the desirability of difference.
Steven Johnson discusses how collective environments help contribute to and foster great ideas and creativity, thereby discrediting the idea that great ideas happen simply in one moment of genius by an individual working alone.
If your team is trying variations of the same approach, Daniel Pink will encourage you to try something new. He emphasizes the power of intrinsic motivation to produce meaningful work.
Onora O’Neil argues that building trust is cliché. What we need instead is trustworthiness. Watch this video for a lesson on what it means to trust intelligently.
Using examples such as Apple and Martin Luther King, Jr., Simon Sinek introduces a simple, yet immensely powerful model for inspirational leadership. Sinek tells us that “eople don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
- Why Teams Don’t Work
J. Richard Hackman and Diane Coutu explain that research consistently shows that teams underperform, despite their extra resources. This article provides readers with structural characteristics of teams that can increase the likelihood of successful collaboration.
- Here’s Why Even Benevolent Dictators Need to Collaborate With Their Team
The driving point of John Holm’s article is this: “When we move from control to collaboration, we do not abdicate leadership, we take it on with more respect and more hope as we work together in mission.” This is a concise and powerful article on leading in and through collaboration.
- Team Collaboration: Broadening the Church Leadership Platform
Surratt and Smith’s article discusses the trend of North American church leadership structure to change from a single leader to a flattened heirarchy team. Read this for insights on adding leadership muscle to distribute strategic and directional responsibilities.
- The “Culture of Honor” is Hurting Churches
Tony Morgan reminds us that in order to receive and experience honor, we must give it and embrace humility. Take a minute to read this for a breath of fresh air.
- A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration
This article emphasizes the influence of an overarching purpose. Nayar explains how collaboration is effective when common goals are evident. What longing is driving your team?