Mother Nature and history are both powerful teachers as they have repeatedly demonstrated that teamwork is ageless and timeless.
Sandy, UT (PRWEB) December 18, 2007
CMOE knows the need for great teamwork in businesses today and that why they have to put together a reader friendly resource. Using their years of experience, research and study Dr. Stowell Stephanie Mead have written The Team Approach, which is a book that would benefit any team trying to become better.
Never before has there been a greater need for people working in groups to perform at a higher level in an effort to solve the world's social, technical, political, and environmental problems. Management experts, Dr. Steven Stowell and Stephanie Mead assert, "As organizations grow in size, as work becomes more complicated, and as competition heats up across the globe, teamwork and leadership development hold the best possibility for solutions to complex problems that will enable individuals and businesses alike to flourish."
In their new book, The Team Approach: With Teamwork Anything is Possible published by CMOE press, world-renowned authors Dr. Stowell and Stephanie Mead explain the principles of teamwork and team building by paralleling forces of teamwork observable in nature with what is seen in modern organizations. They state, "Mother Nature and history are both powerful teachers as they have repeatedly demonstrated that teamwork is ageless and timeless."
Dr. Stowell and Ms. Mead contend that team success is everyone's responsibility. Consciously or unconsciously everyone chooses either to help the team pull together or pull apart through their actions and words. Team members who choose to be actively involved in the pursuit of a clear purpose, and have a deep sense of responsibility, will generate an unbeatable force. With the right team anything is possible.
Dr. Stowell and Ms. Mead believe the goal of effective teamwork is not just to eliminate the problems and dysfunction that inevitably arise when a group of people is brought together, but ". . . rather to create the processes, tools, and skills that allow a team to work with and capitalize on differences and conflicts while managing problems, disruptions, and disappointments." They show how using diverse ideas and cultures, teams can develop unique and innovative solutions to any problem.
The Team Approach follows a simple, but highly practical, Diamond Model of Teamwork. It includes an excellent sampling of things to be used by both team members and team leaders. All of the ideas have been tried, tested, and implemented within organizations worldwide over the past 30 years. By using this model, the authors illustrate and elaborate on the key building blocks of teamwork that can be used for virtually any setting. They have made this model so remarkably clear and easy-to-understand that anyone will be able to form and develop a team that is capable of unbelievable achievements.
The Team Environments
Whether your team is a senior leadership team, project team, or simple intact work team; the skills and principles presented here will enable you to unmask the secrets and subtleties of teamwork. The authors state that team success is also influenced by the environments that surround the team. They contend that it is important to know how the concerns and needs of other teams, stake holders, and clients affect the team. By understanding and then developing these skills, you and your team can achieve extraordinary goals and results.
The Skill Practitioners
The Team Approach is designed more for the practitioner than the academician. As stated before, the book has been written in a straightforward, reader-friendly fashion and is full of examples, real experiences, metaphors, thoughts, and stories to guide you easily through the core concepts of Teamwork. You can read the book from cover to cover or zoom in on parts that are of high interest to you. We are confident that individuals who study this book will come away with renewed motivation to help elevate their teams to new standards of performance.
Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of the Center for Management and Organization Effectivness (CMOE). He is the co-author of Ahead of the Curve: A Guide to Applied Strategic Thinking, Win-Win Partnerships: Be on the Leading Edge with Synergistic Coaching, The Coach: Creating Partnerships for a Competitive Edge, Leading Groups to Solutions: A Practical Guide for Facilitators and Team Members and Teamwork: We Have Me The Enemy and They Are Us. Steven has also published articles for Training and Development, ASTD, ASBA, and Executive Excellence magazine. Stephanie S. Mead is the Director of Operations for CMOE and has spent her career in operations management, consulting, and organizational development. She is also the co-author of Ahead of the Curve: A Guide to Applied Strategic Thinking and Leading Groups to Solutions: A Practical Guide for Facilitators and Team Members.
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