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5 Rx’s for Team Ills

How do you create a committed, high-performance team when so few ever achieve something greater than the sum of their parts? That’s the question a new book addresses based on insights drawn from more than 100 teams. Here, the authors describe the five biggest teamwork ills — and prescriptions to help you avoid them.


The complexity of today’s world — shaped by rapidly accelerating technological, economic, and cultural trends — demands that organizations seek out the synergistic potential of teams. But too often what they deliver is a lot of talk and little accountability.

This is the issue that led Mario Moussa, Ph.D., Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry, Ph.D. to write their new book, Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance. Based on research from Wharton’s Executive Development Program, Committed Teams is a practical guide that shows how to break through the common barriers to collaboration and create a high-performing team.

The book draws its insights from an intensive …



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