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Contents
Introduction............................................................................................................................1
A Group Is Not a Team................................................................................................1
All Teams Are Not Self-Directed................................................................................1
Not Every Organization Is Ready for Self-Directed Teams .................................2
Making It Work..............................................................................................................3
Activities Support the Team Process .........................................................................3
References .......................................................................................................................5
Index to Activities..................................................................................................................7
Section I: Getting Started
1. Success Factors .....................................................................................................15
2. Readiness Rating..................................................................................................19
3. Self-Directed Team (SDT) Stages .....................................................................23
4. Roadblocks............................................................................................................27
5. Third Wave............................................................................................................31
6. Show and Tell: Getting Ready for Self-Direction..........................................37
7. Surfacing a Team Identity..................................................................................41
8. The Reality of Self-Direction..............................................................................45
9. Responsibility Charting......................................................................................49
Section II: Building and Maintaining the Team
10. Valuing Diversity.................................................................................................59
11. Dip Your Toe in the Water ................................................................................61
12. Self Test for Self-Direction .................................................................................65
13. Ready, Set…Go? ..................................................................................................69
14. Collaboration in the Workplace: A Must for Self-Directed Teams..........73
15. Climate Headline.................................................................................................75
16. Building a Culture of Self-Direction in the Workplace ................................83
17. A Personal Action Planner for Building Self-Directed Teams ....................85
18. Self-Directed Structures ......................................................................................89
19. Resolving Differences .........................................................................................97
20. Hot Buttons.........................................................................................................103
21. Self-Directed Values Exercise ..........................................................................105
22. Similarities and Differences .............................................................................107
23. Building Trust Among Self-Directed Team Players ...................................111
24. Shop Til You… ...............................................................................................113
25. Self-Directed Team Culture Survey...............................................................115
26. Go With the Flow ..............................................................................................121
27. The Power of an Agenda .................................................................................125
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28. Creativity Break ................................................................................................ 131
29. Quotable Quotes................................................................................................ 133
30. Workplace Trust................................................................................................ 137
31. Past-Present-Future: Charting a Self-Directed Teams Path .................... 139
32. No Team Is an Island........................................................................................ 143
33. Ivory Pure Quality ............................................................................................ 147
34. Team Values....................................................................................................... 153
35. Process Analysis ................................................................................................ 157
36. Guiding Past and Future Team Practices ..................................................... 161
37. Meetings and Self-Directed Norms............................................................... 165
38. Meeting Monsters ............................................................................................. 171
39. The Weather Report: A Culture Report...................................................... 179
40. How Do I Feel About All This? Assessing my Readiness
for Self-Direction........................................................................................... 189
41. The Wish List...................................................................................................... 193
42. Clarifying Team Values ................................................................................... 195
Section III: Special Issues
43. The Self-Directed Team Coach....................................................................... 201
44. Leadership Characteristics .............................................................................. 205
45. Supervisory Scenarios...................................................................................... 209
46. What Would You Do If…? .............................................................................. 213
47. You Know You’re Stagnating When ............................................................ 217
48. Animal Grid........................................................................................................ 221
49. Assessing Your Team Leader Effectiveness ................................................ 223
50. Just for Fun......................................................................................................... 227
About the Authors ........................................................................................................... 229

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