X-Teams (Updated Edition)

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Deborah Ancona, Henrik Bresman

Narrated By:

Suzie Althens


5 hrs and 9 mins

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146.13 MB

Audiobook Summary

A classic work on teams and collaboration—now updated with a new preface—shows how an externally focused team model is the key to fueling innovation and your organization’s success.

“Good” teams build camaraderie, confidence in their abilities, and a solid process for working together. But these internal dynamics—while positive in themselves—can create a wall between the team and the outside world. And that wall can prevent the team from adapting to change and delivering value to the organization. In this updated edition, Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman describe an externally focused team model—the X-team—that is even more relevant today than when it was first introduced.

X-teams, with their distinctively flexible membership and leadership structure, continuously reach outward to fuel the innovation process. With new examples and research from organizations such as Microsoft, Takeda, and the Museum of Modern Art, Ancona and Bresman show you how to build X-teams that: keep pace with shifts in markets, technologies, cultures, and your competition; innovate by moving quickly from generating ideas to executing and diffusing them throughout your organization; and employ “distributed leadership” to unlock crucial information, expertise, and new ways of working together—wherever these qualities reside within or outside your company.

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