The First-Time Manager's Guide to Team Building Paperback – Apr 24 2007
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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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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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