New breakthrough thinking in organizational learning, leadership, and change.
Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today's companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the work that produces value for customers is carried out by teams, and increasingly, by flexible team-like entities. The pace of change and the fluidity of most work structures means that it's not really about creating effective teams anymore, but instead about leading effective teaming.
Teaming shows that organizations learn when the flexible, fluid collaborations they encompass are able to learn. The problem is teams, and other dynamic groups, don't learn naturally. Edmondson outlines the factors that prevent them from doing so, such as interpersonal fear, irrational beliefs about failure, groupthink, problematic power dynamics, and information hoarding. With Teaming, leaders can shape these factors by encouraging reflection, creating psychological safety, and overcoming defensive interpersonal dynamics that inhibit the sharing of ideas. Further, they can use practical management strategies to help organizations realize the benefits inherent in both success and failure.
Based on years of research, this book shows how leaders can make organizational learning happen by building teams that learn.
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A reductionist approach to systems thinking just doesn't work. Pretty much all of the ideas in the book are spot on, but they are not necessarily new or presented in a new way. The stilted prose is too clinical to really allow you to connect to the material on an emotional level. The Storytelling of the author was too emotionally distant to really be compelling.
This is my second reading of this book. I realized several pages in that I'd read it before, but had no alternative available. A few chapters in and I realized that on second read, I was picking up on ideas is missed the forest time around. There is arguably little new or novel in this book when contrasted to the multitude of books on teams and learning organizations, but this is one of the first on the subjects that I'd recommend.
The content was excellent. Maybe a little too rich for an audiobook though. Also the narration was really distracting.
Lots of pausing between words and starting every word off with an mmm sound.
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