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Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Richard Hackman, one of the world's leading experts on group and organizational behavior, argues that teams perform at their best when leaders create conditions that allow them to manage themselves effectively. Leading Teams is not about subscribing to a specific formula or leadership style, says Hackman. Rather, it is about applying a concise set of guiding principles to ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 10th 2002 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published July 1st 2002)
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Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Boring business book I had to read for a management class. Great class though.
Ricardo Cavalcanti
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting insights especially if you work putting teams together and creating the proper environment for them to strive. The author proposes an effective model based on research. He is always using real world examples from airline crews and orchestras. The examples are nice and made me think a bit on how to transport that reality to my own reality, which I liked.

Some downsides are the length of the chapters, and sometimes the examples are a bit too long.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leading Teams is simply a must read book for anyone in a leadership position.

It proposes a simple framework aiming at the conditions that are conducive towards high-performance. Namely compelling direction, structure and supportive context. But professor Hackman was no business consultant. He was not in the business of selling certificates, so he is quick to point that out that those conditions may be necessary, and certainly they are not sufficient. As there is a variety of reasons why work tea
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got a lot of resonates in the situation I was in. Let alone the researches behind the book, it states some facts about how team works or not works. How leaders role should be in building an effective team. My personal experience giving me the observation of how teams are not performing well. This book gives me the analysis to understand my situation. Recommend it if you have the situation want to solve in the team environment, if not, will be hard to see the values.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely must for anybody that are really concerned about teams. A lot of good insight, knowledge and approaches in creating the right conditions to get a real effective team.

Highlights: no guru stuff, information based on extensive research and explained in a no directive way.

My only complain is about that lack some resume or more structure in examples (now mixed in the theory), but is clearly due to that is an old book.
Ingerina Kostaman

This book was introduced to me when I was announcing to start self organising my own team, as expected it really adds more knowledge (hard skills) needed to achieve better and effective team work. Nice work.
Patrick Verheij
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile
Great model, great foundation. Alas, the book is a bit outdated and does not match the current TDS model completely. After reading this, catch up on most recent developments of the model at ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: smartypants
A work assignment. It was ok. I wouldn't say it was something I enjoyed, but it wasn't painful as compared to other assignments.... ...more
Peter P.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Not groundbreaking or original, but sound counsel on the challenges of managing teams. Better and more diverse case-studies might have made for a more interesting read.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
An excellent book on team building and leadership. Unlike a lot of books on the subject that are mostly just one author's opinion, Hackman's theory is very much grounded in research. Poor Hank! ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a dense read, but it promoted a lot of self reflection on my own leadership tactics. Hopefully formatted in a way that would allow implementation of tactics into real life.
Toni Tassani
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: safari
Based on research, the author explains his understanding of Leadership and Teams. The book was published in 2002 and there has been more research after that, but this book is still referred by many people studying group behaviour. Hackman suggestions can lead to increase the probability of good performances, there is no guarantee.
The 5 conditions for effectiveness described in the book are:
A real team, Compelling direction, Enabling structure, Supportive context and Expert coaching.
Worth reading
Subbu Ramanathan
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The research findings are great. No questions there. But the book drags on longer than needed. It would have had a larger impact had it been more to the point.
Timothy Darling
Hackman is worth a re-read, and one of these days I will do it. This is one of those books that lays out a philosophy for team that is not, strictly speaking, backed with study. It is backed by Hackman's study, which looks to be impressively broad, but he does not state everything in terms of statistics and control variables. Instead, he talks about the practical, day-to-day workings of what to expect from teams and how to work at them. For example, he is the one person I've read who talks about ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this in tandem with "The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work" by Teresa Amabile and the two books are nicely complementary. Hackman addresses the exterior supports to encourage teams to be self-managing and productive; Amabile examines the "inner work life" and how progress at work leads to motivated and energized employees. Both books were good reads with plenty of practical bullet points to put directly into practice. ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're a manager trying to build more effective teams, this book will provide a variety of options. It will make you ask yourself questions like:
- Is it clear who is inside the team and who is outside?
- Am I setting just the direction, or am I also controlling the means to achieve it?
- Does the team get feedback on their work?
- Is someone coaching the team?
Tilman Moser
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hackmann offers an excellent, research backed view on good team designs, the (supportive) context and how to coach those. The various models presented in this book are very useful and a must read for every coach on the team level.
Sep 25, 2013 added it
Being a team lead comes with additional set of responsibilities. This is an excellent resource.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this as a textbook for a business class. Pretty good stuff about types of teams, formation of teams, and dynamic.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend to know and understand the model itself. Project's teams will be in favor if their leader instill the values the model stated into their environment. ...more
Suzanne Yoder
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit repetitive but certainly makes excellent points about team work and leadership
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Useful frameworks
Jan 08, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biz-books
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Gerard Chiva
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fundamental book for leaders, managers, team coaches and agile coaches. Wisdom and experience fill its pages.
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