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Boosting Productivity Using The Best Books On Teamwork

In the right hands, a team can be more productive than each member individually.

Unlocking the power of a team is a subtle art. It involves a different approach from when you’re managing individuals working on separate things.

That’s why we believe the books we recommend are a must for anyone feeling that their team could be made more efficient. The authors of these books are praised by many managers and business people, as they know how group psychology works.

So, avoid diffusion of responsibility, empower team members to work together, and become stunned with the results. A productive, engaging, supportive team always works best than the individuals separately.

This contribution was made by Elliot Blackler from Evopure

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

The book is written as a story of new leader coming to an IT company with poorly acting management team. The way she managed her new team members – very different, often contradicting and conflicting with each other or working in their silos – is a great learning process on effective team building.

This contribution was made by William Taylor from VelvetJobs

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell

I book I strongly recommend my team to read is 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell. Though Maxwell is most famous for his work with management and entrepreneurs, this book takes a hard look at what makes a team work. More importantly, it tells you what doesn’t. I’m sure this book will help your staff identify places where the team may be broken, while simultaneously empowering high fives for the laws that work in their favor.

This contribution was made by Ali Ubaid Ul Hassan from Decrum

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni

In this book, Lencioni addresses the problem team faced and then he suggests 3 virtues of the ideal team player which are humble, hungry and Smart.

This contribution was made by Majid Fareed from James Bond Suits

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Richard Branson wrote his own story in this book which is very inspiring. It gives us a feeling of struggle billionaires face in their life. If you are looking for something motivational then you must read it.

This contribution was made by Manny Hernandez from OMNI, INC

Driven by Difference by David Livermore

Diverse teams are far more creative than homogenous teams – but only when they are managed effectively. This is one of the key points I learned from ‘Driven by Difference’ which has helped me as a CEO and team leader to identify the management practices necessary to minimize conflict while maximizing the informational diversity found in varied values and experiences..

This contribution was made by Adil Bhaloda from Prescription Doctor

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman

This book is so helpful and it will give you the tools to improve your staff morale, help create a very positive workplace, and increase employee engagement in all departments. It accomplishes this by teaching you to effectively communicate sincere appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. How to communicate with peers, supervisors and subordinates respectively. As with personal relationships everyone has a love language – in how they prefer to give and receive love. This can apply at work but in an appreciation language. Enabling your team to understand their supervisors and colleagues primary and secondary languages their workplace relationships will dramatically improve. This book will help teams determine their and their colleague’s appreciation language, and it gives specific actions and advice based on each language

This contribution was made by Donna Miller from C3Workplace

The One Thing by Gary Keller

This book harnesses, in a very simple to follow method, effective goal setting. I have used this to set my own goals and have had my full team build our 2020 strategic plan following the same format. It was their first attempt at strategic goal setting. Nailed it with the help of The One Thing methodology. So, why do I think it’s a best business book for teams – it helped my team step into ownership of strategic goal setting … and subsequent results.

This contribution was made by Cassandra Leite from New England Foundation Crack Repair

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath

This is not the type of book that will show you how to start and run a business, but this book will help you understand your biggest asset: your customers. Excellent customer service is a necessary component for a successful business, but it is so often over looked. The Power Of Moments uses engaging content with true stories and factual data to teach the importance of personal connections and how they are built. These skills will help you stand well above your competitors. Read this book if you want to take your business’s customer service to the next level!

This contribution was made by Valerie Silverman Kerr from VSK Public Relations, LLC

Working Remotely by Teresa Douglas

The world is now your office! You can work from home, from a coffee shop, or even from the gym—but how do you keep on task and stay motivated when you’re alone. In Working Remotely, authors Mike, Holly, and Teresa discuss how to ward off toxic levels of loneliness, how to get what you need from colleagues spread across the world, and how to network and grow in your career when you are sitting in an office of one, plus many other topics that will help you survive and thrive as a remote worker.

This contribution was made by Steve Harper from The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect by Steve Harper

I wrote this book to help people understand the importance of building relationships the right way. Connecting is one of the most valuable skills to our personal and professional live and yet, no one is talking about it. Some people may call connecting a soft skill but I believe it’s way deeper than that, it’s really an essential skill that we need to focus on and practice daily. When was the last time you took a look at how you communicate and connect with the world? How are you perceived? Are you making a positive or negative impact in the world? Whether you are an entrepreneur trying to scale and grow a business, a new employee trying to fit into a new team or simply trying to develop friendships and a sense of community, your ability to connect and engage is critical to finding success and happiness.

This contribution was made by Michael Alexis from Team Building

Extreme Revenue Growth by Victor Cheng

Extreme Revenue Growth is a business book that can help align everyone on your team. I’ve found one of the challenges with team building and alignment is that people have different ideas about goals, priorities, and even how to define things like revenue or profit. Extreme Revenue Growth will help you get crystal clear on all of the above, and give your team a great chance at succeeding together. The book is also relatively short, so is an easy commitment for a book club or other internal effort.

This contribution was made by Joni Carley from JoniCarley

The Alchemy of Power by Dr. Joni Carley

My book, “The Alchemy of Power: Mastering the invisible factors of leadership”, Post Hill Press, would be a great read for teams because it takes people to deeper understandings of their work and helps anchor organizational development in more authentic, inclusive principles than most leadership books cite. Because it draws on age-old philosophy as well as cutting edge leadership research, it would provide the basis for rich, difference-making dialogs. Also, every chapter ends with Leadership Reflections, which are coaching questions, so it provides clear exercises for teams to do together. And because those questions are not the typical self/business-development exercises, they will help uncover valuable and lasting insight.

This contribution was made by Cindy Birne from Nexecutegroup

The Execution Culture by Chris Elias

Success is a combination of core values, culture, strategy and execution. The Execution Culture emphasizes the importance of teamwork environment within a company’s culture, and how to achieve that. It tackles the complex challenge of engaging employees through leadership and organizational culture so that execution drives success. Today’s workplace requires recognizing how to reach, motivate, and reward several generations of employees and leaders. Work environment may be the most important feature of a place of employment, and the key to success. Especially so, for younger generations entering a multi-generational workforce. Culture + Execution = Result.

This contribution was made by Connie Chen from N/A

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

This is my pick for the best business book for teams. My boss gave it to me and my coworkers. It changed my perspective on how important it is to build good team dynamics because it can make a huge difference in how a company runs. Any tension between coworkers on my team dissolved because we all had a better understanding of each other. When you’re able to find better ways to communicate and relate to your teammates, work becomes exciting. This book changed the way that I saw my team and it gave me the tools I needed to be a better project manager.

This contribution was made by Angela Ash from Flow SEO

The Ideal Team Player By Patrick M. Lencioni

To be an effective team player, there are a number of things that you should do to help cultivate the right environment, and this book covers them all! Learn how to work together, nurture and mentor other team members, and help your company grow!

This contribution was made by Tony Bergida from FrostyTech

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Covey’s concepts of sharpen the saw, put first things first, synergize, etc. are fundamental to how we research, develop and commercialize sustainable products. While the book may be old, the principles it contains allow us to better communicate and be on the cutting edge of innovation.

This contribution was made by Ken Eulo from Smith and Eulo Law Firm

The Long-Distance Leader by Kevin Eikenberry

The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership provides some great insight into running a remote team. As more teams are moving from offices spaces to completely remote, leadership for remote teams is becoming a priority. This book shares some of the best tips and tricks to lead your remote team, as well as some common mistakes that remote leaders make.

This contribution was made by Ruhul Amin from Trusted Golfer

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham would easily be the most famous investor of the 20th century if it were not for his student – Warren Buffett, probably the only person who will overcome him in investing brilliance. Coming from poverty, he became an excellent student in Columbia and upon graduation he began his investment career with a job on Wall Street. He wrote his investment principles in 1949 within The Intelligent Investor, which Warren Buffett calls the best investment book ever written.

This contribution was made by Matthew Gira from FounderCo

Traction by Gino Wickman

I highly recommend this book for teams as communication and focus are incredibly important, especially if you’re a new team. This book lays out a great format for not only defining what to focus on as a company in 3 year, 1 year, and quarterly goals, but also helps with how to communicate effectively in team meetings and weekly tasks. For those who have never managed a team before, this is a great starting point.

This contribution was made by Shiyang Gong from AILaw.Inc

Good to Great by Jim Collins

To educate a business team it is essential to provide them an inspirational guideline and the book “Good to Great” would be the best choice. Because you must be willing to boldly assault the future and at the same time question if this is the right way to go. That way your organizations will not become complacent and your managerial core will be a group of activists and futurists. That’s how you keep going from Good to great. The studies are given in the book point to the importance of a team member mindset and suggest it’s invaluable for getting your people on the same page. It highlights how a business team member could manage the daily operations and keep a keen eye on the future and potential innovations. Many companies fail to face the facts and it’s easy to see in this book the consequences.

This contribution was made by Kristina Houston from PopShorts

The Orange Revolution By Adrian Gostick

I highly encourage all members of my team to take the time to read this book. The Orange Revolution emphasizes a team that is engaged within themselves, that produces their own momentum through a shared passion, is much stronger than teams who only have a strong leader or a genius plan. What else is so crucial that this book covers is it does not only provide what teams should do, it gives insight on what they should not do. Knowing what a team should look out for and avoid is just as important as knowing exactly what they need to do to accomplish their goals.

This contribution was made by Vivek Chugh from Listables

Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull

The best part about books is you can learn how to accomplish your task from people who have already successfully done it. That is Creativity Inc. You get to learn and read the inside story on how Ed Catmull and the Pixar team created one of the most innovative and creative companies ever. From working as a team, to increasing productivity, and fostering creativity, there are countless lessons you can learn from this book and implement it for your team.

This contribution was made by Mike Brodsky from Incremental Improvements

Incremental Improvements by Mike Brodsky

The author shares ideas and strategies for making improvements in many aspects of one’s life. For a team looking to make improvements in the workplace, the concept of “incremental improvements” can be useful to get everyone working together. At any company, getting employees to focus on implementing change or achieving team goals can be difficult. But the lessons taught in this book show the team employees how to take various corporate goals, and break them down into more manageable tasks and actions. The book includes lots of helpful ideas regarding personal and professional development.

This contribution was made by Blair Singer from BlairSinger

Team Code of Honor by Blair Singer

Blair Singer is the Rich Dad Advisor for Robert Kiyosaki in sales, team development and personal development. According to Blair, most teams fall apart because of the lack of rules governing the members’ behavior. So, based on his own stories, Blair shared how by using a simple set of rules called “The Code of Honor”, similar to The Ten Commandments, the Marine Corps or the Constitution, that can govern the internal behaviors and expectation of the team. This is a Must-Read in my opinion for people looking for building a champion team.

This contribution was made by Rick Wallace from Navient Class Action Lawsuit

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

In Principles, billionaire hedge fund pioneer Ray Dalio shares his thoughts on running high-performing teams organised around his philosophies of of “radical truth” and “radical transparency”. Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, details his quest for better – and sometimes unorthdox – ways to navigate challenges and tensions and produce extraordinary outcomes and strong teams. While focused on the financial services industry, the lessons in Principles are equally applicable to business in any sector. There is a wealth of solutions in this book for creating a culture of success through efficiency and clarity and empowering smart people to share their wisdom. The Bridgewater Associates founder’s advice won’t be for every company or team. For example, he advocates individual workers carrying “baseball cards” displaying their strengths and weaknesses to simplify the process of creating complementary skill sets in a team. But for teams brave enough to adopt new approaches, and getting everything they can out of themselves and their co-workers, this is as useful a book as you will find.

This contribution was made by Melanie Musson from HomeInsuranceRates

The Whole Brain Business Book By Ned Herrmann

It’s so easy to fall into a routine and get stuck in a rut. This book challenges the readers to use every part of their brain to grow, communicate, and change. It’s important for every member of the team to read this so they can implement the strategies cohesively and encourage each other.

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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