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Best Practices: Managing People by Barry Silverstein

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Essential Skill II Managing Teams

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

—Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist and founder of Carnegie Steel Company (1835–1919)

Why work in teams? To put it simply, you’ll accomplish more—and do it more efficiently. The modern workplace is leaner, and managers are expected to do more with less. The properly managed team can produce more work of better quality, faster, than individuals working alone.

 

A team doesn’t exist to give its members the pleasure of teamwork. Whether the team is a work group team, a sales team, or a service ...

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