The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork [Hardcover]

John Maxwell
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
List Price: CDN$ 29.99
Price: CDN$ 18.80 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 11.19 (37%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Thursday, September 18? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $9.99  
Hardcover CDN $18.80  
Paperback CDN $15.15  
Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook CDN $17.63  
Save Up to 90% on Textbooks
Hit the books in's Textbook Store and save up to 90% on used textbooks and 35% on new textbooks. Learn more.
Join Amazon Student in Canada

Book Description

July 31 2001

Building and maintaining a successful team is no simple task. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in their field have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it a strong work ethic? Is it “chemistry”? What tools can you wrap your hands around to build–or rebuild–your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expert and New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization. In his practical, down-to-earth style, Dr. Maxwell shows how:  The Law of High Morale inspired a 50 year-old man who couldn’t even swim to train for the toughest triathlon in the world.  The Law of the Big Picture prompted a former U.S. president to travel crosscountry by bus, sleep in a basement, and do manual labor. Playing by The Law of the Scoreboard enabled one Web-based company to keep growing and making money while thousands of other Internet businesses failed. Ignoring The Law of the Price Tag caused one of the world’s largest retailers to close its doors after 128 years in business. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork will empower you–whether coach or player, teacher or student, CEO or non-profit volunteer–with the “how-tos” and attitudes for building a successful team.

John C. Maxwell, known as America's expert on leadership, is a best-selling author and the founder of INJOY Stewardship Services, EQUIP, and Maximum Impact, dedicated to helping people reach their leadership potential. For more information, visit

Frequently Bought Together

The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork + The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player (Internation Edition): Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants
Price For Both: CDN$ 29.59

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Maxwell has found a formula that works. Author of the successful The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, the Atlanta-based Christian business guru is back with 17 rules for teamwork. Are Maxwell's laws "indisputable"? Perhaps. But they're also obvious and banal: the weakest link will bring down a team, teammates have to be able to count on one another, etc. Maxwell urges readers to find a mentor, "see the big picture" and be willing to work hard. The cutesy alliteration and rhyme ("The Goal Is More Important than the Role") and the tired sports metaphors ("The Scoreboard Is Essential to Winning") are uninspired and uninspiring. Maxwell is enamored of his laws, but the sense that radiates from the pages of this book is that he is also enamored of himself; even the acknowledgements lack humility, as he thanks one assistant for "extend[ing] my influence around the world." He is perhaps to be commended for writing a book that will be accessible to the broadest possible audience. The occasional example features folks driving home from church but, despite the connection to Thomas Nelson, little of Maxwell's message is specifically Christian. Hindus, atheists and Shintos seeking leadership tips will be able to read this as comfortably as Baptists. Then again, perhaps providing flavorless counsel to a large, ecumenical audience is not an accomplishment worthy of applause. (July 31) Forecast: Nelson will promote this title heavily in Christian media sources, with feature stories planned for CBA Marketplace and Christian Retailing and advertising in business, Christian and in-flight magazines. Expect this business title to be business as usual for Nelson. But change is afoot: the cash cow that is Maxwell has gone in search of greener pastures. The author recently signed a deal with Warner's new Christian line.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed at For more information visit

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
Who are your personal heroes? Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork book review April 17 2004
In the 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork, John Maxwell focuses on building a winning team using strategies based on interviews with some of the world's top CEO's. It is 265-page self-help type, in which he describes the 17 laws to be used as a guide by individuals in any setting, whether it is business or personal. Maxwell writes the book using simple language trying his best to connect with a large audience.
Maxwell breaks the book into 17 chapters in which each chapter represents a different law. In each, he includes the essentials for teamwork followed by suggestions and how to apply them. In each chapter Maxwell includes two main examples and then several smaller examples related to the topic.
Maxwell starts the book explaining the law of significance and writes that one is too small a number to achieve greatness. He works through every law although some of the 17 are quite obvious. Some are learned at an early age and some are just common sense not only for a "team player," but anyone, in any type of relationship. For example, law number 9 reads: The Law of Countablitly, teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts. This type of common sense information is spread evenly throughout Maxwell's book. Another example of Maxwell's not so unique language is written into law number 8: The Law of the Bad Apple. The subtitle then reads: Rotten attitudes ruin a team. This chapter's main point "Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a team," seem too obvious and make the chapter useless and boring.
Maxwell closes the book by explaining that good chemistry cannot occur until all 17 laws or strategies are applied. I feel this book was overall an easy to read guide with good examples and even better suggestions.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Out of Touch Dec 18 2001
I recently read "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork." Although the book has some valid points, it fails to grasp workplace reality from a subordinate team member's perspective and experience. (I was a team-oriented manager for 12 years and then became a team member. I was shocked at how I and other team members were treated by egocentric, domineering, and abusive bosses who weren't team-oriented. Recently, I've seen national surveys that verify that unfortunate reality.)
This book maintains an old-style "us and them" view of teams by assuming that management is mostly competent and benign, and that team members are often the source of problematic behavior. The book does this through such outdated concepts as "the weakest link" and "the bad apple," directed mostly at team members. Ironically, the places I've worked were the opposite: The employees were mostly decent, hard-working people and the managers were mostly incompetent.
This book uses too many back-slapping Forltune 500-type stories as well as sports and war stories to score its points. For example, Enron is cited glowingly as "One of The Best Teams in the World." Anyone who follows business news knows how ridiculous that view is!
The book title and content indicates that these 17 laws are indisputable. Yet, after reading this book, I can say that the title is arrogant; the book is too long on simplistic ideas and bravado, and too short on relevant, real-world understanding that would make a difference for most struggling teams.
This book is like so many others written by those in a management position for years. It lacks the current experience of "in the trenches" subordinate workers to be a credible work.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer, but... July 9 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
Got the Audio Tapes of this book and I am somewhat pleased. However, the author has that vaguely self righteous tone when he reads. It feels almost as if he has spent hours of practice trying to relate to us unelightened, but still can't get it right.
He effectively breaks down teamwork into logical and understandable parts, but unfortunately the parts seem very obvious. "Bad apples. Having a vision..." these are all very basic things that we are taught from early on in our social development. What Maxwell does is state the same things our kindergarten teachers told us..."don't let a bad apple spoil the bunch" But then he doesn't take us into the real world to tell us how to solve that problem. He gives us a great story of how he and friend ruined their high school basketball team with their bad attitudes, but he doesn't take the next step and explain how his coach or fellow players should have dealt with that situation. He basically ends by saying, "my friend and I shouldn't have been bad apples." Well, yes John, but you WERE bad apples, just as there will always be Bad Apples, what do you suggest we DO about it!
I look at the book as more of a good primer for a strategic meeting or a brainstorming session than any type of a helpful resource. These are the kind of seminars that give the seminar and self-help industry a bad name. They state what the ideal is, and what the brokeness is, but don't even give you a hint of how to bridge the gap.
Was this review helpful to you?
In a format that is similar to the "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" Maxwell walks us through the essential elements of teamwork. He uses examples from business, ministry, sports and families to bring us principles for building and developing teams. In a style that is true "John Maxwell" he draws interesting and relevant stories from history and from current events to explain the "laws" that he has developed. Maxwell makes great points about how this fits many settings, including a church staff. Here's some examples; - From the "Law of Significance" chapter, "individuals play the game, but teams win championships." If a Sr. Pastor is not leading, each pastor just runs his own area of ministry. Very little communication, interaction, etc. So, it is very much like a professional team that has a lot of players, even great players, yet can't "win the championship" because they are not coached into being a cohesive team. - Under the "Law of the Big Picture" he says, "Members of a team must have mutually beneficial shared goals." Church staff members generally want to serve the Lord, but their understanding and implementation of the church's "mission statement" may NOT coordinated with each other, nor led by the Sr. Pastor. Maxwell goes on to say that the "goal" has to be more important than the "role," meaning the "power of the position." - "All players have a place where they add the most value" is the subtitle of the "Law of the Niche." This seems to be something that many pastors may not understand, but which DOES fit church settings quite well. We can have a great team with lots of potential, but "players" in the wrong "positions. Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Real Impressed
The book was a waste of a good [money]. It relied to heavily on cut and paste stories from the headlines and from history. It lacked heart.
Published on March 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding As A "How-To" Book
I found this to be an outstanding "how-to" book on leadership. But then, Mr. Maxwell's work is always outstanding. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Simplisitic
It's quite amazing that this book is a business best-seller. The book contains nothing new and, in fact, the 17 so-called "laws" are just overblown statements of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by glenn parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
The best work read on teamwork. Excellent practical examples.
Published on Sept. 4 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic Knowledge
If you have read John's 21 Irrefutable Laws of a Leader, there is absoloutely no need to pick up this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2001 by Kevin Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Branch Sales Leader
If you are a leader or a producer with a team that assist you, then this is a must read. Do yourself and your team a favor, buy this book for you and them. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2001 by Kevin P. Sacco
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old, just new package
Dr. Maxwell's premise is that you have the authority to change (fire/remove) members on your team, that you can change your client, that you can direct other departments as well. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001 by Parker Hurlburt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intentions, but Little Workplace Reality!
This book is filled with well intentioned words and phrases, which may work just fine in an environment of like thinking, honest, considerate and mature-acting individuals. Read more
Published on July 30 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A good and helpfull book for anyone.
This is a another great book by John Maxwell. If your familiar with Dr.Maxwells other books, then you'll love this book. If your not, then I welcome to you to read this book. Read more
Published on July 26 2001
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category