Books like ours do not just appear out of nowhere. Over numerous years, ideas germinate and eventually result in a concept for a book. Then it takes a great deal of encouragement to move from concept to final product. Along the way to completion of this book you hold in your hands, many people have influenced and supported our efforts. We cannot possibly thank everyone who has had an impact on our thinking about teams, but here are a few very special people who come to mind. For others we do not mention, please forgive us and know that you are appreciated nonetheless.

Steve Piersanti, with Berrett-Koehler Publishers, deserves a whopping big praising for pushing and pushing us to make this book better and better. He helped ...

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