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X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, And Succeed
Why do good teams fail? Very often, argue Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, it is because they are looking inward instead of outward. Based on years of research examining teams across many industries, Ancona and Bresman show that traditional team models are falling short, and that what’s needed--and what works--is a new brand of team that emphasizes external outreach to ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 18th 2007 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Ancona and Bresman assert that in recent years, the world has changed and the old model (i.e. those with an internal focus but lacking an external approach) “doesn’t work so well anymore.” The title of this book refers to teams that lead, innovate, and succeed in a rapidly changing environment. An X-team differs from a traditional team in three main ways. “First, to create effective goals, plans, and designs, members must go outside the team; they must have high levels of external ...more
Excellent book and resource in the art of team-building and, more importantly, the role of the relationship in manifesting positive change in organizations. Ancona and Bresman, through their extensive research, have a pulse on what makes successful organizations work. They focus on the external bridges that are the engine for real change and sustainability. X-teams is a forward thinking concept and blueprint for effective team-building and systemic organizational change in both behaviour and ...more
A great book outlining the core of competitive teams - being also eXternally focused. It brings many real-life cases and explains the mechanisms behind it. A great concept and a great book that can be used as a manual as well.
A solid book to stimulate thinking about effective team-building and more importantly about enabling powerful team process. An excellent book for beginner managers coming to this task - perhaps less helpful to more experienced managers who have more of the team bibliography under their belt.