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Creating Effective Teams

Creating Effective Teams
A Guide for Members and Leaders

Fourth Edition

September 2012 | 160 pages | SAGE South Asia
Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders is a practical guide for building and sustaining top-performing teams. Based on the author’s many years of consulting experience with teams in the public and private sectors, the Fourth Edition describes why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive.

The author covers in depth the four stages of a team—forming, storming, norming, and performing—clearly illustrating the developmental nature of teams and describing what happens in each stage. Separate chapters are devoted to the responsibilities of team leaders and team members. Problems that occur frequently in groups are highlighted, followed by what-you-can-do sections that offer specific advice. Real-life examples and questionnaires are used throughout the book, giving readers the opportunity for self-evaluation.

Key Features

- Packed with straightforward strategies for building and supporting well-managed, high-performing teams, this book examines why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive.
- Discussions throughout the text focus on diversity within teams: how different ethnic and cultural groups may have differing perceptions of group interactions. The book details specific strategies for respecting divergent beliefs while remaining effective.
- Checklists and self-evaluations provide even more information on the reader’s personal leader or team member style.
- Research references provide readers with the theory and research background for the practical, application-based material in the text.

New To This Edition

New discussion and insights for the reader on the shift from a team focus to a leader focus, which has had a negative effect on team performance and development.
Chapters reorganized to help readers learn in a more systematic way
- The first seven chapters are about work groups, team development, and creating high performance teams.
- Chapters 8 and 9 focus on effective team members and leaders.
- The last chapter examines what organizations should do to support their teams.
Why Groups?
From Groups to Teams: The Stages of Group Development
Navigating Stage 1
Surviving Stage 2
Reorganizing at Stage 3
Sustaining High Performance
How Do High Performance Teams Function?
Effective Team Members
Effective Team Leadership
Effective Organizational Support for Teams

This book helps provide guidance for those who interact with a particular work group and for those who manage them.

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Susan A. Wheelan

Susan Wheelan was president of GDQ Associates, Inc. Until 2001, she was a professor of psychological studies and faculty director of the Training and Development Center at Temple University. Dr. Wheelan received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award in 1992. She also worked as a psychologist in a number of hospital and clinical settings. Dr. Wheelan is the author of Facilitating Training Groups; Group Processes: A Developmental Perspective; Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders; and Faculty Groups: From Frustration to Collaboration. She is editor of the Handbook of Group Research and Practice and co-editor of The... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132110866