About This Book
Why is this topic important?
Teamwork is critical to almost everything we do. Whether in the workplace, asocial setting, a civic duty, or a family situation, we frequently desire a moreefﬁciently functioning team. A dynamic, ﬁnely-tuned, productive team that isgenerating what is required—whether a winning score or a winning product—is the sign of success. But the question for many is, “how can we build a teamthat achieves the ultimate goal?”
What can you achieve with this book?
In your hands is a team-building toolkit, a valuable source of knowledge forimproving teamwork. This book takes the mystery out of team building by in-troducing ten critical aspects that must be present to ensure a successfullyfunctioning team. The book takes you one step further and introduces a provencollection of activities, articles, and instruments to assist you to improve eachof the ten aspects on the teams you work with. The collection is a rich source of ideas and approaches that have a proven track record of success. Some are new,some are classics, and all will help you take the mystery out of team-building.
How is this book organized?
The book is presented in thirteen Chapters. Chapter One discusses the conceptsand importance of teamwork. Chapter Two introduces a Ten-Block Model forbuilding a team. Chapters Three through Twelve illustrate how you can addresseach of the ten blocks in the model and build your team through the use of ac-tivities, concept articles, and evaluation tools. Finally, Chapter Thirteen providesyou with more general team-building tools and thought-provoking articles.