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The First-Time Manager's Guide to Team Building [Paperback]

Gary S. Topchik

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Book Description

April 24 2007 First-Time Manager
With the same brand of accessible and sage advice readers found in The First-Time Manager, this book helps readers discover how their own leadership and management style influences the success of their teams. Written in an engaging, conversational style, it explains the five essential qualities of a high-performing team: goals and standards; decision making; honest communication; clear roles and responsibilities; and celebrating success. Packed with activities and assessments for both manager and team members, this is an essential guide for any manager who strives for team-building success.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom; 1 edition (April 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814474292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814474297
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 16.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,338,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GARY S. TOPCHIK (New York and Los Angeles) is a lecturer in the business and management department at UCLA and is the author or co-author of The Accidental Manager, Managing Workplace Negativity and The First-Time Manager.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What the first-time manager needs to know to build and run a team Nov. 2 2007
By Craig Matteson - Published on
The first time I do things I often feel like a kid trying to work a puzzle wearing mittens. There is so much to do in just getting the basics right that the more refined notions really get in the way more than they help. Yet, so often, the skilled person feels the need to communicate more than the beginner can handle because the information matters. And it does matter, just not the first time you are doing something.

This hand little book helps someone who is new at managing AND new to leading a team the basic information they need to be successful. Gary Topchick helps the reader understand the four basic types of teams there are (really three) and what is different about managing a team than being a member. This is important because teams are participatory and leadership tends to follow the expertise needed at the moment, however there is one person who has to keep things together and moving along.

Topchick also advocate semi-annual team building off-site meetings. These are not for catching up on the project, but are to be devoted to activities to build team rapport and trust. He provides some suggested activities suited to that purpose, as well.

A good, basic book that is well suited to the first time manager trying to get a handle on team management.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI

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