How to be understood? Designing creative high power teams

by Zebra

by Zebra

Having worked in services for almost 4 decades,  my sincere belief is that service leadership and management is about teamwork.  Understanding how teams operate and how your contribution to a team impacts its (and your) performance is essential.

As mentioned in an earlier post, i invest time to better understand how to foster creativity.  And now i can add a new publication on my bookshelf that deals with how to design creative teams and organizations.

Over the last years , many great books  about how to become more creative ve become available.  And now I can add a new release on my bookshelves.

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The very best firms today are poietic organizations; that is, they are exceptionally good at streamlining the processes of ideation, creation, and production.

Poietic organizations do two things well:

(1) they design and develop high power teams and

(2) they create an organizational culture and context that supports improvisation, design, experimentation, aesthetic awareness and strengths development.

The first half of the book shows readers how to assess team member strengths using personality factors and multiple intelligence theory.  Following the assessments, the book illustrates how to best represent and share this information to promote team development.

Three types of high performance teams are examined:

improvisational teams,

design teams, and

research teams.

This book will help you to build great teams that exhibit the characteristics of trust, commitment, and energy.

The second half of the book examines the major models and images upon which organizations are constructed, and the pros and cons of these choices.  Next,  the author look’s at the rise of the poietic organization and its characteristics; that is, ones that innovate on a frequent basis. The differences between ordinary organizations and poietic organizations are highlighted, and why being a poietic organization confers competitive advantage. Finally, the author looks at ways to transform your organization into a poietic organization.

In summary, this book is about how to design and develop creative high power teams and organizations, and explains why some firms lead the way to blue oceans while others languish in red seas.

About the Author

Dr. Stein’s research interests focus on decision making, knowledge management, creativity, corporate innovation, energy policy and sustainable ventures. He has published several research papers in the Journal of Management Information Systems, The International Journal of Expert Systems, Organization Science, International Journal of Knowledge Management, Information Systems Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Expert Systems with Applications, among others and serves as a reviewer for several management and M I S journals and conferences.

The core

The book introduces the concept of a poietec firm. And describes three kinds of teams. It supports the reader by the included assessments. The last chapters deals with the choices possible in designing organizations and how to grow into a poietic organization.

My rating

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It is my sincere belief that only teams make us survive and thrive many of us are creative. As stated by the author, creativity is not just the province of artists, musicians and writers.  Most of us can sharpen our team skills. You have to learn and understand the associated skills and behavior.

This book will appeal to anyone seeking to advance his or her career by contributing to more effective teams. It will also be of great value to human resource managers who want to guide the development of superior teams.

This book is a recommended read for anyone who want to operate in high performance teams in changing environments.  It will still be hard work for you to apply  the book’s knowledge and information to achieve business, professional or personal success.

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