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There Is an I in Team: What Elite Athletes…

There Is an I in Team: What Elite Athletes and Coaches Really Know About…

by Mark De Rond

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This book presents a raft of moderately to fairly interesting facts and figures about sport, interspersed with a smaller amount of moderately to fairly interesting facts and figures about business, in such a way as to invite the reader to draw comparisons and parallels between them.

However, what it doesn’t manage to do at all convincingly is marshal all these facts and figures into a set of coherent arguments that make a point. So, although I found it interesting, there were quite a few moments when I wondered why I was reading a particular passage, ie what the author was trying to tell me.

For me, the book didn’t offer any new insights into team selection or performance; rather it seemed to rehash existing wisdom about teams. For instance I didn’t need to read 146 pages to be told in the conclusion that “team leaders need to understand the idiosyncrasies, ambitions and anxieties of those in their charge”, or that “people do what they do for their own reasons, not yours”.

There are many business books on the market. Although it is interesting, this one doesn’t offer enough new insights to justify the time spent reading it. ( )
  hashford | Dec 24, 2012 |
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We've all worked with one--a smart and immensely talented individual who brings enormous value to the organization. The problem? He's an awful teammate. So as a leader, do you consider this key player toxic or irreplaceable? There Is an I in Team explores the relationship between individual and team--asking the question, how can we harness the talent of individual performers into a cohesive, productive team that creates overall value? And why are so many of our assumptions about teams wrong? Business challenges like this one mimic many of the issues facing sports teams, though admittedly the sports metaphors most commonly used in business are trite and superficial comparisons. What's needed are real and substantial lessons that managers actually can take form the world of high-performance sports and use in a n everyday work environment. This book meets that need.… (more)

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