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E-Book: 10 Steps to Successful Teams

Create a culture of problem-solvers

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 13:03

“Organizations that use teams effectively to work through goals or operational challenges accomplish much more than simply solving an internal problem; they create a culture of self-motivated problem-solvers,” writes author Renie McClay.

The new e-book 10 Steps to Successful Teams, by Renie McClay (Berrett-Koehler Publishers and The American Society for Training & Development, 2010) is meant to be a quick read that readily serves as a resource for team leaders, individual team members, and entire teams. You can use the book as a guide and build on each of the 10 steps while developing a team or refer to specific steps to help identify and solve problems as they arise.

McClay clearly explains the basic elements needed for successful teams, beginning with the roles of team members. She describes how to identify leaders and leaves no doubt as to the team leader’s responsibilities. When team leader and member roles are clarified and understood by all, the rest of the steps align the team to work as a whole, with trust and sustained momentum.

The book includes assessments, pointers, check lists, and more to assist team leaders and members. 10 Steps to Successful Teams is also available in paperback.

Step One: Form The Team -- Identify Leaders with Enthusiasm, Energy, and Vision
Step Two: Ensure Roles Are Clarified and Understood
Step Three: Create an Environment to Encourage Communication
Step Four: Build Strong and Effective Relationships
Step Five: Build Processes to Track Progress and Get Things Done
Step Six: Assess the Team Regularly for Top Performance
Step Seven: Tap Into Creative Energy of the Team to Develop Innovative Approaches
Step Eight: Use Virtual Team Techniques Effectively
Step Nine: Deal with Team Problems and Move On
Step Ten: Reward and Celebrate Success

About the author

Renie McClay is founder and president of Inspired Learning LLC. She facilitates workshops to build teams, improve communication, and improve creativity and innovation and has managed training for three different Fortune 500 companies. She is the editor of Sales Traning Solutions and is the coauthor of The Essential Guide to Training Global Audiences.

For more information or to purchase the book, visit www.bkconnection.com.


About The Author

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Laurel Thoennes @ Quality Digest

Laurel Thoennes is an editor at Quality Digest. She has worked in the media industry for 33 years at newspapers, magazines, and UC Davis—the past 25 years with Quality Digest.