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The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,757 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Building and maintaining a successful team is no simpletask. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in theirfield have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it astrong work ethic? Is it chemistry ? What tools can you wrap your hands aroundto build or rebuild your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expertand
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2001)
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Mat Rueter
Apr 28, 2008 Mat Rueter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in or leading a team
One thing I learned is the following:

The Wrong Person in the Wrong Place = Regression
The Wrong Person in the Right Place = Frustration
The Right Person in the Wrong Place = Confusion
The Right Person in the Right Place = Progression
The Right People in the Right Places = Multiplication
Bernard Bentley
This book is a literal road map to just about anything you want to accomplish in life. From raising a family to Counseling and even building a business. John Maxwell what does a great job detailing the importance of teamwork and how one person is too small number for greatness. Teamwork really does make the dream work.
Viktor Zakharchenko
Благодаря сервису я познакомился с книгой Джона Максвелла. Книга аж 2001 года, но с того времени мало что изменилось в умении бизнес-авторов размазывать мысль на длинные списки. Отфильтровав саммари книги (а бывает и такое!), предлагаю 4 простых правила, которые есть и в самом источнике, и в моей голове - стараюсь их использовать в работе.

1. Побеждают команды, а не отдельные личности. Ответственность может быть только общей.

2. Ритм команды зависит от скорости самого медленного. О
Todd Sherman
I am about 1/2 way through it and thus far it is feeling very light. It is full of examples of other teams but missing meaningful concrete exercises to become a better team member. That is, the book concentrates on mantras like, "To be a better team member you need to sacrifice more." Here are examples of sacrifice. This is not helpful. It is equivalent to saying to someone "You need to save more money to get out of debt." But not identifying how to go about that. I will update the review when I ...more
John Maxwell A+ yet again! This book is perfect for anyone who is in an environment where teamwork is essential...which nowadays is pretty much everywhere. After reading, I'd suggest using in conjunction with the video and workbook as a team building/learning situation with your team. He adds humor with the teaching so its not boring at all, promise! LOVE JOHN MAXWELL AS A TEACHER!!!
There is no greater fan of John Maxwell than John Maxwell. He loves to highlight his own successes ad nauseum.

His "laws" are highly and easily debatable. I read this as part of reading group at work. To have a discussion on any chapter with a positive result was difficult. We usually ended up discussing how we would have written the chapter.

It was difficult to get through.
Belal Khan
is read this immediately after the laws of leadership. some of the content repeats from the previous book, but stuff is a must read if you're looking to build teams and multiply your influence.
Brenda Siara
Talk about a refresher course! One thing I love about John C. Maxwell, is that even when you've heard it before, his perspective on the same is always refreshing.
It's like someone tells you what to do, but Maxwell comes and tells you WHY you should do it. The result: It's no longer a drag because "such are the rules", but it becomes a sacrifice you joyfully and willingly make because you can envision the great results it'll produce.
"Nothing great was ever achieved by an individual." Want to ac
This book was great! As a young leader suddenly finding myself in charge of a team, it increased my awareness of what I need to pay attention to. The book covers what attitudes, actions, and behaviors that I need to monitor in my team and model before them. From preventing bad attitudes to finding key players to putting the right people in the right place, this book covers teamwork from every aspect. All of the laws interrelate and connect in a way that makes perfect sense. This is a book that p ...more
Jonathan Brooker
Classic Maxwell. He creates bite-sized chapters around single principles. I think that makes it easier to digest and then to look back and review quickly. That's good because I think teamwork is a work that constantly needs revising and fine-tuning.
While I don't know that there was anything earth-shatteringly new or brilliant in the book, it is still a phenomenal resource of wisdom coming from experience of working with high caliber teams for decades. Therefore, I'd go as far as saying that any
As good as his other book - common sense, but stuff that needs reminding every once in a while.
I finally decided to shelve this book (about halfway through and didn't finish it). It's very rare for me to not finish a book I begin, so I think that's quite indicative. I read Maxwell's more famous leadership book in college and was thoroughly bored and disappointed with it. Maybe because my expectations were sufficiently low this time around, but I didn't find it quite so insubstantial as I feared. Even still, the substance I did find was mostly that some of the topics he focused on were goo ...more
The sections of this book that I appreciated most were Law 4 (as the challenge increases team is needed more) and Law 10 (the team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price), as well as a few of the later Laws. In particular 15, 16, 17 seem to get at the leader's actual role and actions in the most direct and powerful way. For instance, 15 talks about leadership as the difference between to equally talented teams. Law 16 walks through the signs of morale and what the leader doe ...more
Here’s the thing, when I first started reading this book, it immediately seemed to me as one of the “so-common-sense” books. Add to this, the irritating way the author keeps talking about himself to the extent one might think it’s rather an autobiography!

Nonetheless, as I went on, I figured out that this book is definitely worth reading. What Maxwell does basically here is that he introduces you to a set of 17-absolutely-useful laws of teamwork, in which you can apply to maximize your team’s pot
Brandon Current
Skim and pass. This book could have been 17 pages. The laws of teamwork it presents are basic concepts familiar to most people. The illustrations are oversimplifications of complex scenarios and put too much on the "law" being discussed as the decisive factor. The book also has the familiar tone of "maximizing performance" literature. It feels a bit like sitting in a salesmen conference. That being said, there are some decent parts and overall it is a good collection of teamwork principles.
Dion Cordero
I've learned that:

"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves."

Wherever you are, whatever position you hold in life, you're a part of a team. And you need this book to help you understand the importance of working together and to strengthen your human relationships.

"We don't work for each other, we work with each other!".

Happy Reading!
It's hard for me to mark this as a two star book because all i've heard is great praise for Maxwell... This is the first book i've actually read by him. It's not the laws themselves... in fact, with this book and with his other "xx Laws" books, I have heard them and seen them work in practice many times over... so, I guess I was just expecting more on the level of expansion. Because the laws are almost all common sense and standard leadership practices, I can glean almost everything valuable tha ...more
Jason Leonard
Half way through the book I wondered why it was recommended to me; very little I was reading is something I hadn't already heard or read somewhere else. Look, Maxwell is easy to read - full of stories and the guy loves lists. It's easy to get his main points quickly. What made me realize that this is an amazing book was when, again about halfway through, I started wondering, "How bad would it be if someone on a team DIDNT know this stuff?"

So yeah, at that point it was pretty clear to me that thi
Mohammad Mahdi
شاید بتوان گفت که بخش بزرگی از مدیریت نوین بر پایه رهبری و کار تیمی و ارتباط این دو موضوع قرار گرفته است. این کتاب با توجه به سابقه طولانی حرفه ای و آموزشی نویسنده آن به نوعی بر مرز دو موضوع رهبری و کار تیمی قرار گرفته است و به نظر من مطالعه آن در کنار کتابهای صفتهای بایسته یک رهبر و بیست و یک قانون انکارناپذیر رهبری بسیار مناسب است
این کتاب هم برای رهبران تیمها و هم برای افرادی که میخواهند در تیمها به نحوی مؤثر فعالیت کنند بسیار مفید است
All of John C. Maxwell's book are great, and this definitely is a most read, specially if you are interested in the subject of leadership. Starting now, it will be included in the list of books required to be read by Managers in our company.
Emerson John Tiu Ng
...a straightforward book in how to built a team using the 17th principles according to John Maxwell..
Richard L
John Maxwell is a great author. If you never read any of his books, you will always be a stunted person.
A few great lessons and stories though as a whole I didn't enjoy it quite as much as his others.
Very informative book. Essential read in forming and starting a team. Also to be a better leader to the team. So much to learn, for the expansion of the ministry!
Rock Rockwell
Oct 07, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: leadership
Maxwell is pretty repetitive in all his books - great marketing and business scheme to sell books. The 'laws' are good, but maybe not biblical. His corporate mentality of leadership is helpful for all business / teamwork aspects of life (even in ministry), but every one of his books fall short on biblical content, and how to live like Christ as a leader. This book will be a gut-level checklist to see if you are on the right track, but I would not hang these laws in my office to live by. This is ...more
Pedrozha Qoutez
saya siap bekerja sama dalam team, lebih tepatnya berkolaborasi..
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
Great book to give to employees. BE THE CATALYST!
Daniel Demarle
Some nice stories illustrating his main points
I listened to the audiobook.
Jolyn Crawford
John is an expert in leadership and teamwork. I love listening to him speak in person and on tape, but his books really focus in detail on the acquisition and execution of skills in the area of human motivation; leadership;cooperation and teamwork. Whether you're going to be a one man or woman show or build an empire, you can not fail if you follow his principals.
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