Building a High-Performance Team

Building a High-Performance Team

Building a High-Performance Team is a key challenge for IT leaders.

This book provides IT managers with informative and practical advice and tips on how to create a high-performance team. Also part of the ITGP Soft Skills Series.

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Practical tips and advice on developing an integrated, high performance team

As an IT manager, you depend on collaboration and teamwork. Whether you’re a team leader, member, or part of a cross-function team, the successful implementation of your IT projects depends on team synergy and performance.

Ideal for IT managers and anyone working with IT professionals, this book will help you to understand the characteristics of a high-performance team. It also gives you the skills to assess the overall performance of your own team, and develop an action plan for realising its potential.

Benefits to business include:

  • Recognise the key characteristics of a high-performance team
  • Assess the current productivity of your own team
  • Develop a step by step action plan for transforming your team’s performance

About the author

Sarah Cook is the Managing Director of The Stairway Consultancy Ltd. She has 15 years’ consulting experience specialising in executive coaching, leadership and change, and has a strong background in industry. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of

Personnel and Development, with an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA. She is an accredited user of a wide range of psychometric and personal diagnostic tools.

Author: Sarah Cook
Publisher: IT Governance Publishing
ISBN: 9781905356805
Pages: 128
Format: Softcover
Published Date: 27th January 2009
Availability: In Stock

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1. Angelica on 15.11.2011, said:

How many years have you been participating in teams? Oftentimes teamwork is required starting as early as elementary school and childhood. To how many teams are you currently a member? Many of us are on teams at work, on committees or sports teams. Think about the teams that have been high-performing. Which teams have really struggled? Which have worked well? Regardless of whether you are currently a part of a high-performing team or one that is struggling, there are benefits to learning how to increase the effectiveness of your team. You can start this cycle of improvement by picking up the book Building a High-performance Team by Sarah Cook. This book provides a practical overview of several, efficient and practical ways to improve teams. Cook outlines characteristics of high-performance teams and the stages of team development. She then provides concepts that can be immediately applied such as the identification of team roles, creating a team vision statement, effective team meetings and managing through conflict. In my opinion, the best part of this book is the ease of use. Each chapter outlines a team concept, the author then describes a tool or approach for improving that concept in your team. For example, when discussing team meetings Cook provides examples of questions to ask to define the reason for a meeting and ideas for generating participation in team meetings. These are very practical tools that any team member could put into use to improve their teams. The structure of practical tools combined with a team development topic also allows the reader to apply this book to particular challenges. If there are team challenges in dealing with conflict, the reader can focus on that chapter. This book is ideal for anyone looking to improve a team. This includes those of us who need to make incremental improvements and those facing larger challenges. The book can be read quickly and applied immediately.
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