No More Teams Michael Schrage

ISBN: 9780385476034

Published: January 1st 1999


241 pages


No More Teams  by  Michael Schrage

No More Teams by Michael Schrage
January 1st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 241 pages | ISBN: 9780385476034 | 10.49 Mb

For organizations that care about innovation, individual creativity isnt enough anymore -- people need to be in creative, collaborative relationships. But without the knowledge and tools for building these relationships, innovation expert MichaelMoreFor organizations that care about innovation, individual creativity isnt enough anymore -- people need to be in creative, collaborative relationships.

But without the knowledge and tools for building these relationships, innovation expert Michael Schrage argues, one will not be successful in the offices of today and even less so in the virtual offices of tomorrow. No More Teams gives readers the tools and techniques to go beyond the lazy cliches of teamwork to the practical benefits of collaboration. When Schrage studied the worlds greatest collaborations -- including Wozniak and Jobs, Picasso and Braque, Watson and Crick -- he found that instead of relying on charisma, they all created shared spaces where they could play with their ideas.

By effectively using technological tools available in most workplaces -- anything from a felt tip pen and a napkin to specialized computer software - -you can literally map your discussion as it is happening, making it possible to keep all the good ideas, cope with every objection, handle conflicts as they arise, and, ultimately, master the unknown. Michael Schrage has written a magical book. Yes, it is about the effects of new technologies on how we think, collaborate, organize, and solve problems.

But it is much more, a pioneering exploration qf language and creation in the workplace, in the world. -- Tom Peters, author of Thriving On ChaosTo read author Michael Schrages column in Hotwireds Packet click hereAn excerpt:IntroductionNo More Teams!--An Organizational ManifestoWhy don&t teams make sense? What could possibly be wrong with more and better teamwork? In anideal world, absolutely nothing.

But we dont live in an ideal world: we live in this one.At a job interview, a friend was asked if he was a team player.Yes, he replied, team captain. That story--which happens to be true--invariably gets a good laugh. But it is a cynical and knowing laugh. Everyone in the room understands precisely what most organizations mean by team players.Quite simply, the word team has been so politicized, so ensnared in the pathology of the organization, that we dont really know what it means anymore.

Is a team a medium to manage value? Or a mechanism to play politics? Its easy to answer Both. Of course, in that case, a team means whatever the organization wants it to mean. Which means, of course, that it has no real meaning at all. It is, however, the popular management metaphor of the moment. But is it the right metaphor? Is it a metaphor we should be building-- and rebuilding--our organizations around? Does this metaphor create more understanding than confusion?The answer to all these questions, unfortunately, is no.

The concept of teams obscures, rather than reveals, the real relationship challenges our organizations face. Teams are a fiction, a verbal convenience, rather than a useful description of how people in a firm cooperate and collaborate to create value. Even worse, teams make it too easy for organizations to lie, cheat, and kid themselves about the way they work. More often than not, a team is as much a political entity as a value creating one. The word is a little too flexible, too malleable, too manipulable.Are you on the team? . . . Or not?

Is that a question centered on creatingvalue for customers and clients or is it meant to satisfy the insecurities of a manager checking on the loyalty of his people?The answers reveal an awful lot about what teamwork and team players really mean in todays organizations--and tomorrows. No More Teams! is a book that insists that organizations literally cant afford to design themselves around words that are dangerously ambiguous. The issue isnt teams- its what kind of relationships organizations need to create and maintain if they want to deliver unique value to their customers and clients.

Thats what this book is about.No More Teams! is the revised, updated, and improved version of Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration. The change of title is only the most obvious difference. In fact, this is a fundamentally different and better book than its predecessor. Its crisper, smarter, and more relevant for managers. The books ideas have been sharpened and honed by a marketplace that cares far more for results than for academic cleverness. The essential themes of shared creation, collaborative tools, and productive relationships have become even more significant.

Organizations whose futures depend on intelligent innovation will find the messages here just as provocative but even more practical.To be sure, I had learned and observed a great deal about c

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