Leading Groups in Stressful Times: Teams, Work Units, and Task Forces

Leading Groups in Stressful Times: Teams, Work Units, and Task Forces

Leading Groups in Stressful Times: Teams, Work Units, and Task Forces

Leading Groups in Stressful Times: Teams, Work Units, and Task Forces

Synopsis

In most organizations today, the greatest stress afflicts those working in groups: teams, task forces, and other units with special goals and purposes. Customary manners of management style and leadership largely fail to alleviate this stress. Olmstead offers a conceptual framework and draws upon his own experiences--supported by the similar experiences of others who have worked in most types of organizations under various stressful conditions--to show how.

Excerpt

The overall purpose of this book is to present a coherent and useful analysis of groups at work, their principal dynamics, and the influences that impact upon their capabilities to perform effectively in organizations. The intent is to set out the factors that are critical for effective group performance—without all of the theoretical bells and whistles that sometimes get in the way of a useful understanding of material that could, by its very nature, sometimes appear to be exceedingly tenuous.

Throughout, there is an effort to avoid a simple listing of every extant reference on the topics of groups, organizations, and leadership. Especially important references, both recent and historical, have been cited; for those readers interested in the supporting literature, an annotated bibliography is included.

Many of these significant publications appeared years ago. Serious research on groups and application of its findings only began during and after World War II. For a number of years, research on groups flooded the journals. Recently, however, much of this work has been ignored.

But, to cite my first professor at the University of Texas, Harry Helson, “Good research never loses its value.” I am firmly committed to the use of references that have had significance for the particular evolution of research and application concerned with groups. Many of the landmark references also contain useful information that still pertains but all too frequently has slipped through the cracks and been forgotten.

In effect, another purpose is to demonstrate that the “soft” variables of social psychology can be harnessed and organized in systematic application for useful purposes.

Another mentor at Texas, Robert Blake, drilled into my head that you

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