The pandemic has challenged IT teams in entirely new ways and shed new light on the importance of taking care of the very human needs of employees in difficult times. As former Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly recently wrote for the Harvard Business Review, that focus will shift to higher-level needs such as clarity, truth, connection, and growth.
Leading and managing teams can take on more nuance in this redesigned work environment, so we recommend ten books to help you build stronger teams for the days to come, ranging from better understanding (and even celebrating) nature to the very human teamwork to the promotion of successful teams in distributed environments to move from team member to leader.
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by Jeanet Wade
Book Description (via Amazon): âThe secret sauce for great teams, dynamic organizations and happy people? Human nature. In a series of engaging and provocative chapters, [Jeanet Wade] combines business research with anecdotes from his career and sessions with executive clients, showing how we can meet human needs by clarifying missions, showing core consideration and instilling confidence.
Poignant personal profiles, cutting edge research and the insight of a successful businessman add sparkle and dynamism to each chapter, making it an extremely readable and eminently useful book. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to win the global war on talent and make sure your business can weather disruption, then this book is for you.
Why should you read it: Wade, a business consultant and coach who recently shared her thoughts with the Enterprisers’ Project on dealing with toxic teammates, weaves anecdotes and research to remind us of all the essential (but often infuriating) human aspects of teams. “People tend to be our greatest sense of accomplishment,” she writes, “and our greatest frustration.” Her goal is to help others on the path to leading teams not only more effectively and efficiently, but more happily.
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by Doug Meyer-Cuno
Book Description (via Amazon): âIn his late twenties, Doug Meyer-Cuno decided to give up his nascent corporate career to start his own business. He would go on to take Carolina Ingredients from a one-person operation to a multi-million dollar manufacturing company with an international customer base, before ultimately selling the company to Mitsubishi.
The Recipe for Accountable Leadership: 25 Ingredients for Creating Value and Empowering Others tells the lessons Doug learned on this journey, from facing his tendencies as a micromanager to embracing service leadership as a coach and mentor for his team.
Bursting with easy-to-read leadership strategies and life-changing âdefining momentsâ, Doug reveals the value that a strong but grateful leader adds to any organization and how to incorporate these principles into your own leadership practice and life. . “
Why should you read it: If you don’t create your corporate culture, Meyer-Cuno likes to say, someone else will. The same goes for your team. Everyone may have a different recipe for successful leadership, but Meyer-Cuno’s can resonate, categorized into five main categories: vision, core cultural values, authenticity, transparency, and gratitude.
by John O’Duinn
Book Description (via Amazon): âTaken from over 26 years of working in distributed organizations, this book brings together what worked – and didn’t – work from my own hard-learned lessons, as well as lessons from business founders, managers hedge funds, software developers, data scientists, accountants, book publishers, economists, political organizers, recruiters, the military, executive assistants, therapists and medical technicians.
Why should you read it: The 2018 guide to virtual teamwork is more timely than ever. Computer engineer John O’Duinn has led distributed teams for over twelve years and distils his most important lessons for those of us with less experience in collaborating and managing remotely.
by Clinton M. Padgett
Book Description (via Amazon): âDrawing on over thirty years of experience delivering optimized project results for some of the world’s biggest brands, author Clinton M. Padgett reveals the ‘secret sauce’ that many executives leave out in the world. equation of the success of their project. Taking what is already working in your teams, the principles detailed in How Teams Triumph help your employees maximize performance by improving communication; breaking down silos; and provide a proven and repeatable framework for carrying out projects with all stakeholders pulling in the same direction.
Why should you read it: Clint Padgett, President and CEO of Project Success, recently shared his wisdom on managing teams in the new hybrid work environment with Enterprisers Project. The human aspect of project management is as important to success as the technical aspects, argues Padgett. He shares the trick of bridging the gap between the technical expertise required to design a project and the more general skills needed to get people to engage in execution.
by Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell
Book Description (via Shortform.com): âIn Team of Teams, McChrystal describes how he transformed the slow bureaucratic task force into an agile and adaptable network of teams united by ‘shared awareness’, trust and decentralized decision-makingâ¦ These accomplishments contain lessons for all kinds of organizations struggling with challenges and unconventional environments today.
Why should you read it: The former commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force released a new book in October titled Risk: A User’s Guide, but this 2015 tome is also particularly relevant in these uncertain times. In a rapidly changing world, says McChrystal, the best organizations think and act like a team of teams: embracing small groups that combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless willingness to share what they have learned. He and his co-authors share the value of combining the agility, adaptability and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a larger organization with great effect.
Let’s look at five other must-have books on teamwork: