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1st Edition

Blue Shark Team-Building
Leading High-Performance Teams during a Crisis

ISBN 9781032062952
Published October 4, 2021 by Auerbach Publications
277 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Teams working in a crisis are operating in a high turbulence environment. Blue Shark Teams thrive in a crisis. They swim through turbulence and glide to project success. This book reveals the concepts and practical insight on how to create and lead Blue Shark Teams.

The Blue Shark Model of Leading High-Performance Teams is based on Daniel Goleman’s emotional intelligence model and Bruce Tuckman’s team-building model (forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning). This book shows how to apply these models to large companies, small-to-medium size businesses, and projects during a crisis. It explains how managers can develop their leadership style and lead high-performance teams. A real-life case study, which was a success story during the COVID-19 pandemic, is discussed to elaborate the team-building and emotional intelligence models. The lessons learned from this case study can be applied to any crisis in any industry across the spectrum, including healthcare, IT, telecom, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, airlines, financial services, retail, public sector, and consulting. The book arms executives and managers with the concepts and techniques to lead and manage projects, teams, and companies during turbulent and volatile times.

If you are a CEO, CIO, CTO, or CXO of a Fortune 500 company, a mid-to-small size Business Owner, a Project Manager, or a Senior Executive facing a crisis, then this book is for you. It describes real-life case studies and projects that shows how the theoretical frameworks and models developed by leading researchers can be applied successfully to companies and projects, especially during a crisis and pandemic such as COVID-19.

Table of Contents

Part I
1. Introduction
2. Theoretical Frameworks and Models on Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and Team Building
3. Ten Strategies of Leading High-Performance Teams during a Crisis
4. Ten Critical Project Management Challenges and Solutions during a Crisis
5. Creating an Enabling Environment and I.T. Infrastructure during a Crisis
6. The Blue Shark Model of Leading High-Performance Teams

Part II. Case Study
7. The Blue Shark Team at WSDOT
8. Key Challenges Facing the GMS Project
9. Who’s Who on the Project
10. Organizational Challenges and Team Dynamics
11. Change Management, EQ, and DQ
12. Project Management Methodology, Tools, Techniques, and Processes
13. Project Governance, Monitoring, Control, and Evaluation
14. Lessons Learned

Annexure A: GMS Culture Survey Results

Annexure B: External Quality Assurance Team's Monthly Report

Annexure C: GMS Project Organization Chart

Annexure D: GMS Project Team Members' Roles and Responsibilities

Annexure E: GMS SharePoint Portal

Annexure F: RAID Log

Annexure G: Change Request Approval Process

Annexure H: Go-Live Readiness Scorecard for Regional Mobility Grants (RMG) Application Pilot Release

Annexure I: Priject Schedule

Annexure J: Grants Management System (GMS) Monthly Newsletter



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Rizwan A. Sheikh, Ph.D., PMP, is an internationally recognized management consultant, CEO, Chairman of the Board, and professor of strategy, leadership, team-building, and project management. He has been acknowledged globally as an innovative and dynamic leader, executive trainer, and thought leader. Dr. Sheikh is a recipient of the Microsoft Award for "Innovative Vision and Dynamic Leadership." With more than 30 years of experience, he has assisted Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations with business and digital transformations in the U.S., U.K., U.A.E., China, France, and other countries. His key clients and employers include Deloitte Consulting, AT&T, PepsiCo, Merrill Lynch, Progressive Insurance, PITB, LUMS, STERIS Corp, Ingersoll-Rand, and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Dr. Sheikh has taught Leadership and Team-Building, Change Management, Family Business, and Project Management at Harvard, MIT, University of Cambridge, and RMIT (Australia), among other institutions.