Books: Three of a kind - Does the team work?

Books: Three of a kind - Does the team work? - Managing Successful Teams

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Managing Successful Teams

John Humphries, How To Books pounds 9.99

The bullet points are flying in John Humphries' book, and some of the analysis gets hurt in the crossfire. Lists of headings and labels cascade over the pages, without giving a clear sense of what teams are really like and how they could work better. *


Alastair Fraser and Suzanne Neville, The Industrial Society pounds 8.95

A well-written and practical guide to the essentials of teams and how they work - or don't. The gently amused tone of the authors suggests that they have visited a lot of workplaces, experienced a range of team situations, and learnt from what they have witnessed. ***

Building a Better Team

Peter Moxon, Gower pounds 18.95

A substantial and serious look at different team structures and how to make them work. Although the analysis is mostly sober and to the point, there is some fun to be had in Moxon's discussion of the life cycle of teams: 'forming, storming, norming, performing'. **

** best of its kind

** could be useful

* of minor interest

none: avoid

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