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When Bad Teams Happen to Good People
Your Complete Repair Guide for Successful Teamwork
Author Valerie Patrick, PhD.
ISBN: 9781632651822
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Career Press
$19.95
6 x 9
256 pages
July 1, 2021


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The teamwork troubleshooter we all need! Turn your team into a cohesive unit.


Why do some team members not get along? What is the best way to get new teams and ad-hoc teams to maximize their performance in the least amount of time? How can meetings be designed to achieve useful outcomes?


Teams are the source of problem-solving and innovation that today’s organizations need to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.


Teamwork is hard because there is no magic formula or step-by-step procedure to ensure results. Think of a programmer asked to develop new features for a cell phone: they write new code, test the code, troubleshoot problems encountered, revise the code, and repeat the testing process until the new features work without problems. Similarly, a team leader asked to deliver specified outcomes develops a plan, runs team meetings, troubleshoots problems encountered, revises the plan, and repeats until the team outcomes are achieved. The difference is that a programmer has tools to help streamline troubleshooting, while team leaders do not—until now.


Valerie Patrick applies a troubleshooting mindset that includes:


  • Proven tactics for team members and leaders to address leadership problems

  • Guidelines for recruiting and changing teams for optimum performance

  • Techniques to identify and address aspects of team climate that are limiting the productivity of one or more team members

  • Examples of effective ways to operate teams and of meeting designs that produce transformative outcomes

Dr. Valerie Patrick, President of Fulcrum Connection LLC, is a facilitator, leadership trainer, and professional speaker. Dr. Patrick is a PhD chemical engineer with 25 years of corporate experience leading technical and strategic initiatives to identify and deliver new sources of organizational value at Bayer and Monsanto. Dr. Patrick has over 10,000 hours of corporate experience as a team leader and is a Certified Creative Problem Solving Facilitator through the Creative Problem Solving Group.
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