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The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance [Hardcover]

By Jon R. Katzenbach (Author) & Douglas K. Smith (Author)
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Item description for The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance by Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith...

An essential guide for any small group that must deliver team performance.

With the demand for project-oriented work and faster, more nimble responses, successful small-group performance is more crucial than ever. Katzenbach and Smith, authors of the international bestseller The Wisdom of Teams, have again joined forces, revealing how to implement the disciplines, frameworks, tools, and techniques required for team- and small-group performance. Combining their insights and practical strategies, they offer concepts and pragmatic, doable exercises for team leaders and team members to deliver results. Hot topics covered include: why small-group performance demands expertise at two disciplines, team level and leader level, instead of one; virtual teams; and global teams. This book combines practical exercises with cutting-edge insights, and both authors are authorities on the subject.

Attend a featured author workshop at the 13th International Conference on Work Teams: Collaborating for Competitive Advantage, September 23-25, 2002, in Dallas, TX. For information, contact the Center for the Study of Work Teams at 940 565 3096 or visit them online at

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The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance by Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Reference and Research Bk News - 08/01/2001 page 91

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wiley
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 20, 2001
Publisher   Wiley
ISBN  047138254X  
ISBN13  9780471382546  

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More About Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jon R. Katzenbach is Founder and Senior Sponsor of the Katzenbach Center at PwC Strategy& (US) LLC. Since the 1980s, he has been recognized as a global leader and expert in leadership, teaming, and culture.
Douglas K. Smith is widely acknowledged to be among the world s leading management innovators and thinkers. His books include "On Value and Values," "Fumbling the Future," "Make Success Measurable," and "Taking Charge of Change."

Jon R. Katzenbach currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Jon R. Katzenbach was born in 1932.

Jon R. Katzenbach has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Harvard Business Review Classics

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Discipline of Teams: A Mindbook-Workbook for Delivering Small Group Performance?

A very useful sequel to "wisdom of teams"  Nov 24, 2007
"The discipline of teams" is the sequel of "Wisdom of teams" by the same author. Wisdom of teams is considered to probably be the standard on teams, so making a sequel that's as good as wisdom, is pretty hard.

One of the key messages in the book is that a group of people will need to chose between either the team disciple or the single-leader discipline. It's not just a matter of which one is better since that depends on the type of work. Some work is better done using team disciple and some work is better done using single-leader disciple.

The first four chapters were a disappointment for me. The first chapter was talking a lot about the choice between team discipline and single-leader discipline. The second chapter was an introduction to virtual teams. The third and the fourth talked about setting goals and performance of teams and groups. I felt the book didn't really add anything to wisdom or other team literature.

Luckily things changed in the 5th chapter when the focus switched from the choice between the two disciplines to how to get the team discipline to work. Chapter 5 talked about the cross-learning that will need to happen within a team to make it work well. The sixth chapter about agreeing on a common purpose and on shared working agreements and chapter 7 talked about the hard topic of shared responsibility and individual responsibility. For me, these three chapters made the book worthwhile and a worthy sequel to Wisdom. Chapter 8 then talked again about virtual teams, chapter 9 about helping teams to get unstuck and the last chapter is about the change (as always...)

In the end, I felt the book was worth reading and a worthy sequel to Wisdom of teams. It taught me some more about teams and also gave me some tools and exercises. Worth reading.

Wisdom?  Nov 9, 2007
This book left me wanting more...more of the "Wisdom of Teams" the predecessor of this book. It was bland. They touched on some real world examples but not enough in my opinion. It was a quick read and felt that it could have been deeper. This book could have developed more specifics into developing single-leader or team disciplines.
Sparks great ideas!  Mar 8, 2007
This was a great read! 15 pages into the book I came up with a great idea for my restaurant. I continued to the read the book and within 2 days, I completed it and had written an Executive Summary for my business. Very motivational and provides tons of information. I'm glad I purchased the book.
A 'must have' for any consultant who works with teams.  Aug 27, 2006
I won't write a detailed review, here's what I found helpful:
- the distinction between performance and activity goals.

A re-cap of their original research into the five basic elements fo effective group work.
1. Have or develop an understandable charter.
2. Communicate and co-ordinate effectively.
3. Establish clear roles and responsibilities.
4. Create time-efficient processes.
5. Develop a sense of accountability.

Clear distinction between when a single leader 'discipline' is warranted or when a real team discipline is warranted.

Great re-cap about establishing clear outcomes.

Once the background is set-up, it becomes an issue of delving deeper into the application of their recommendations. It is great stuff! But you'll have to buy the book to 'get it'!

They do a good job in dissecting how virtual teams are different and similar to teams with co-located members.

Finally, I really like their road to getting a team 'unstuck'. Their observation that teams that become stuck revert to single-leader leadership is absolutely true. They posit that it's necessary for a good team to become stuck. As pain as it might be, you have a great opportunity to:
- clarify goals
- identify missing skills
- address attitude issues
- grapple with changing members
- address time pressures
- work on lack of discipline

The chapter on change is pretty decent, the rest of the content is golden.

I've rated this five stars as it's a must for anyone who works with teams.

Damien Faughnan
Skip the text and go to the exercises  May 8, 2005
This so-called sequel to The Wisdom of Teams is a "workbook" with exercises. It offers no new insights/guidance for readers of the 2002 paperback update of The Wisdom of Teams.

I am a fan of Katzenbach and Smith. As a business consultant, I have introduced clients to their work and worked to adapt and apply their insights. Wisdom of Teams is a great foundation. Their other books--Peak Performance and Why Pride Matters More than Money--offer useful new insights even though they are better understood if readers are familiar with The Widdom of Teams.


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