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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
The Imperative of Teams

First Edition

July 2019 | 252 pages | SAGE Response
This book puts the imperative of teams in context and is a call to action.

‘Team work’ is not rocket science, with no magic formulas. Debunking some popular myths about teams and the role of team leaders in the corporate world, this book provides fresh perspectives and practical approach on oft-discussed issues that drive teams’ capacity in approaching a certain problem and succeeding. This is a must-read for all business leaders to transform the way they approach teamwork. Reading this book will be a realization for many team leaders who will discover that the vast majority of teams have it within themselves and can substantially improve their own effectiveness without outside help. 

Part 1. Smell the coffee
The imperative of teams
Debunking some myths
Topical concerns
The imperative of a team effectiveness model
Part 2. What kind of coffee do we have anyway?
The traditional team
The project team
The virtual team
Teaming work group
Part 3. Making a great cup of coffee
Goal and role clarity
Leadership behaviour and participation
Commitment and communication
Planning and evaluation
Recognition and conflict
Composition and organization

“The book provides a pragmatic and inspiring road map to improve the effectiveness of teams in the modern-day organization that will create a people and business competitive advantage.”

Ronan O’Loan,
Former CHRO, F5 Networks

“Simon Mac Rory understands the dynamic of teams and organizations and provides an insightful and thought-provoking approach to the team-based organization of tomorrow.”

Anne Heraty,
CEO, Cpl Resources

“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is an essential book for leaders and business people interested in creating a dynamic and authentic brand that stands apart and stands out from the competition.”

Robin Hayes,
CEO, JetBlue

“This book will help any business leader transform the way they approach teamwork to strengthen their organization and prepare it for the future.”

Linda Jingfang Cai,
Senior Director, Global Head of Learning & Development, Aon

“Simon hits the nail on the head in addressing the reality of how critical teams are becoming in our ever-changing and inter-dependent world. Removing hierarchies and inventing more engaging and liberating workplaces for today’s talent requires mindful design and this book will help both the sceptical and the converted” 

Michael Pantlin,
Executive Director of People, Barts Health NHS Trust

Simon M. Rory

Simon Mac Rory is a specialist in team development. He works with senior staff leaders to help them discover that edge to becoming a truly high-performing team. Over his 30-year career he has worked globally with a blue-chip client base in both the private and public sectors.He founded The ODD Company in 2011 to deliver TDP – a cloud-based team development tool and methodology – to the international markets. Simon operates the business from London with a Dublin-based development and support office. Simon received his doctoral degree for his work on the application of generic frameworks in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353285906