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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Sept. 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118636708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118636701
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are so many ways a team can go wrong.

Some teams make decisions so slowly that nothing ever gets done, while others go too fast and miss critical issues that come back to bite them later. Some teams bicker endlessly, while others smile and nod while avoiding the tough issues. Too often, team dysfunction leads to abysmal productivity and zero innovation for your organization, as well as misery and wasted time for you. Most team members sit and wait, feeling trapped in a team that just isn't working. They're waiting for you to do something.

You First presents a radical new idea: you can change your team. Author Liane Davey shows how you, from any seat at the table, even without support from your colleagues or your team leader, can transform a toxic team. It starts with living up to five responsibilities that will change the workings of even the most dysfunctional team.

No matter what kind of team you're working on—Crisis Junkie, Bobble-Head, Spectator, Bleeding Back, or Royal Rumble—you'll learn how to diagnose your team's ills and begin to apply emergency medicine to stop the decline. Then, learn how to diagnose yourself and embrace the role you play in transforming your team. You First delivers practical, real-world guidance on how to:

  • Set aside your biases and start with a positive assumption
  • Overcome your shortcomings and add your full value
  • Amplify other voices, even if it slows down the decision process
  • Know when to say "no"— and when to say "yes"
  • Embrace productive conflict

You First instructs you on how to disrupt the patterns that leave your team in an endless cycle of dysfunction and replace those patterns with positive interactions. It gives you the right words to say to change your team for the better—starting today. Designed for frontline employees, middle managers, executives, and anyone who works regularly in teams,You Firstwill help you figure out how to make your team happier, healthier, and more productive.

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Praise for You First

"Bringing together a team in a very short period of time has its own unique challenges. And with thousands of athletes from around the world counting on us to create an exceptional game, we have to get it right. You First provides exactly what we need to make that happen. I recommend this book for anyone who has to make their team work."

—Ian Troop Chief Executive Officer, TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee

"You First is just what the doctor ordered—an Rx for teams that upends old thinking and offers a new antidote to dysfunctional teamwork everywhere. No team should be without this book!"

—Adrian Gostick New York Times bestselling author, The Carrot Principle

"Finally, a book about building teams that gives clear, actionable, and relevant advice that does not involve trust falls. Collaboration is the wave of the future in every industry, and Dr. Davey gives you the tools to thrive in team-based environments."

—Pamela Slim Business Coach and Author, Escape from Cubicle Nation

"You First offers smart thinking on what it takes for teams to be successful and that is reason enough to read it. But Liane's writing is so accessible that you'll feel like you're having a session with your own personal team advisor."

—Stew Friedman Practice Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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Ms. Davey has written a ground-breaking account of what most ails our teams. She hits the mark very acutely on some of most come team issues that drain potential. We all must surely recognize the kind of teams she describes, and her writing is both engaging and thought provoking. What is most helpful is that she provides a refreshing take on what to do about it. Rather than focusing her energies solely on what team leaders can do, she provides practical advice and suggestions for every team member. In the end she essentially challenges us all to take accountability for our role in making teams great. This should be a must read for everyone who lives and works in teams - and really, who doesn't?
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Very comprehensive guide to teams and very practical!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa501bfd8) out of 5 stars The dream book for building the dream team!!! Oct. 16 2013
By Sezoni Whitfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"You First" by Liane Davey brings out the essence of excellence. There are many books on teamwork strategy and technique that offer a single argument. This book is not one of these. Every chapter gives you a different aspect that shows you how to build the dream team you want.

"You First" is not a rehash of existing strategies gone-bad because of stale doctrines and rickety frameworks. What it is, a no-nonsense-nothing-beats-teamwork in getting stuff done. If you're a project manager or team leader, you already know how important teamwork is. You know that it's darn near impossible to reach goals and make money, if you're not a good team leader and your team is not united.

"You First" shows how important collaboration is, and the negative impact to the team when it's missing. You see that group leaders are challenged with problems such as: Members not liking or trusting each other; Colleagues competing with each other; Backstabbers waiting for you to mess up; Gossipers going silent when you enter a room; and, Teammates throwing each other under the bus.

"You First" will help guide you to change you so you can change your team. The book gives you a more practical and efficient way to drive your team toward high performance. If you're new to workgroups, the book will help prepare you for survival in the concrete jungle because the craziness is not going away. But at least you'll know how to deal with it and be a good team leader too.

I highly recommend this read because you'll always have a constant reminder that cooperation fosters teamwork and leadership. The takeaway, you'll build a team made up of members who are not afraid to admit mistakes, express weaknesses, and share concerns without fear of reprisal. "You First" ultimately makes you part of the solution in creating a happier, productive workplace!
HASH(0xa501f024) out of 5 stars Inspire Yourself While Inspiring Your team Jan. 4 2014
By Cinnie Noble, Author of Conflict Management Coaching:The CINERGY Model - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"You First" is a well-written, informative and practical book that generously provides readers with a wide range of teamwork techniques. The importance of collaboration and co-operation can never be overstated and Davey - who writes from vast experience - has a way of articulating this in a smart, insightful and clear way. I particularly like her discussions on helping teams work through conflict.

I highly recommend this book to managers, team leaders and others who aim to build high-performing teams.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa501f45c) out of 5 stars Me First, Indeed Oct. 9 2013
By Sylvia McKinnon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing lesson in self-reflection! This book taught me to look inside of myself instead of waiting for someone else to suggest changes, make decisions or contribute to the overall success of the team. I now ask myself the hard questions about how I can make things better for the team and what I might be doing to hinder it's success. Such a great read!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa501f840) out of 5 stars Tremendous Contribution!! Oct. 5 2013
By Ren Wiebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Davey has written a ground-breaking account of what most ails our teams. She hits the mark very acutely on some of most come team issues that drain potential. We all must surely recognize the kind of teams she describes, and her writing is both engaging and thought provoking. What is most helpful is that she provides a refreshing take on what to do about it. Rather than focusing her energies solely on what team leaders can do, she provides practical advice and suggestions for every team member. In the end she essentially challenges us all to take accountability for our role in making teams great. This should be a must read for everyone who lives and works in teams - and really, who doesn't?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa501f900) out of 5 stars This should be on everyone's "must read" list Oct. 8 2013
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You First should be used as an employee handbook for anyone working on a team. Ms. Davey breaks down concepts into relatable scenarios; and does so in a way that's thought provoking, engaging and amusing! The book provides you with the tools you need to start making positive changes in your team right from the get go. By far the best "work" book I have read in my career.


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