Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

Synopsis

Don't rock the boat. Don't make waves. Don't offend anyone. There's a palpable feeling that clouds many team meetings and keeps them from being productive: over-politeness. And while the conflict that naturally exists in most organizations hasn't gone away, it manifests itself in passive-aggression, mediocrity, and a molasses-like inability to get anything done.

Nice Teams Finish Last provides the antidote to this all-too-common tendency, giving managers, team leaders and members, and facilitators the practical support they need to battle "the nice trap" and start getting results! The book helps readers encourage skills such as constructive criticism, honest communication, and the kind of conflict that drives innovation and quality without hurting feelings or creating enemies. From giving clear, sharp feedback, to effectively challenging others, this book provides the eye-opening tools teams need to achieve very nice results!

Excerpt

A few years ago, I was driving in southern Maine with a friend, talking about teams. I was lamenting how so many teams never quite realize their full potential. The team members all know what needs to happen for them to be wildly successful, but each is waiting for someone else to do it. Individual accountability is what’s lacking, was my thought. My friend taunted me, “Brian, remember: There’s no I in team.” I shot back, “Yes, but there’s a me in there somewhere!”

Teams are made of individuals. They are a group of me’s. But as long as everyone keeps believing there is no I in team, they can continue to abdicate to others—often the team leader—the responsibility for their team’s success. It shouldn’t be all on the team leader’s shoulders to make the team work. Each member has responsibility.

Is Your Team Too NICE?

This book is for people who want to step up and accept responsibility for the success of their team. Over the years, I’ve learned that the foundation of any team’s success is open and honest communication. Unfortunately, our society has . . .

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