Real Dream Teams: Seven Practices Used by World-Class Team Leaders to Achieve Extraordinary Results, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Real Dream Teams

Seven Practices Used by World-Class Team Leaders to Achieve Extraordinary Results, 1st Edition

By Robert Fisher, Bo Thomas

CRC Press

208 pages

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Hardback: 9781574440065
pub: 1996-12-26
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Want to achieve spectacular success in your personal and business life? Looking for ways to mold and capture superior teamwork, cohesion, and bone-deep dedication? Put Real Dream Teams on your list of must reads.

From the headlines used to describe groups such as the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, to Hollywood production moguls, to attorneys clashing in major criminal cases, we have all heard the phrase "dream teams" used and misused. Real Dream Teams

is a book that focuses on extraordinary efforts by conditioned winners who have achieved outstanding results through what the authors call "synergistic group dynamics."

Let Real Dream Teams point you in the direction of becoming a more effective team leader and team member. Read of team efforts and extraordinary practices and results as demonstrated by recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Medal of Honor, national championships, and best-in-industry awards. Take tips from those who have achieved their membership in Real Dream Teams:


"The Real Dream Teams is a real gem."

-Bristol Voss, Journal of Business Strategy, May/June 1996

Table of Contents


Why Teams?

The New Environment



High Expectations

Accelerating Change

Increased Interdependence

Teams Tackle the New Environment

Best Team Experience

The Real Dream Team Leaders

Selection of Twelve Real Dream Team Leaders

The Seven Practices of Real Dream Teams

Commitment to a Clear Mission

Mutual Support and Encouragement

Clearly Defined Roles

Win-Win Cooperation

Individual Competency

Empowering Communication

Winning Attitude

The Seven Practices Template

"Is What You're Doing Important?"

Practice #1: Commitment To A Clear Mission

Creating a Clear Sense of Mission

The Mission Statement

The Tyson Foods Mission Statement

The Process of Developing Mission

Is What You're Doing Important?

"A Turtle On A Fencepost"

Practice #2: Mutual Support, Respect, And Encouragement

"None Of Us Is As Good As All Of Us"

Practice #3: Clearly Defined And Accepted Roles

Strength Through Diversity

Personal Style Diversity

More Diversity: Organizational Applications

Stars and Understudies

How Successful Leaders Utilize Roles

Clear Role Definition

Role Clarification and Negotiation

The "Litmus Test" for Clear Roles

100% Responsibility and Empowerment

"Let's Win Championships"

Practice #4: Win-Win Cooperation

The Potential for Win-Win

"We Have Met the Enemy"

Getting from Win-Lose to Win-Win

The Reality of Conflict

Learning About Win-Win Cooperation

Aligning Systems with the Cooperative Philosophy

Taking Win-Win to the Top of the World

"Whose Rope Are You Willing To Hook Into?

Practice #5: Individual Competency

Hard Work

Focus on the Fundamentals

Recruitment and Selection of the Most Capable People

Know Your Limits

"Just Getting Together And Talking"

Practice #6: Empowering Communication


Practicing Empowering Communication

Are You Willing to Listen to Me?

Are You Willing to Share Information?

Are You Willing to Include Me in Decisions that Affect Me?


Post Cereals: Jonesboro, Arkansas

"Respect Without Fear"

Practice #7: Winning Attitude

Attitude Is Everything

Overcoming Adversity

Thoughts that Kill

Courage that Defeats Fear

Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life

From Seven Concepts To Seven Practices: Putting Teamwork Into Action

From Concepts to Practices to Patterns of Behavior

Change Process

The Fabric of Teamwork

Developing Practices

Examples of Teams that Work

Your Search for a Better Way



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control