How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed. Why do good teams fail? Very often, argue Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, it is because they are looking inward instead of outward. What"™s needed--and what works--is a new brand of team that emphasizes external outreach to stakeholders, extensive ties, expandable tiers, and flexible membership.
Current traditional, internally focused models of teams aren't working in an increasingly complex and ever-changing world. We need new structures, a new way of organizing, to operate in that world. The authors introduce the X-team, a new, externally focused team model that enables a team to adapt to external change, coordinate with other groups, link to the strategic direction of the organization, and allocate work and leadership across multiple individuals.
The authors show that X-teams not only are able to adapt in a way that traditional teams aren't, but that they actually improve an organization's ability to produce creative ideas and execute them -- increasing the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity within the firm. The new environment demands what the authors call "distributed leadership," and the book highlights how X-teams actually embody this idea.
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