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Stop Whining--and Start Winning by Frank Pacetta, Roger Gittines

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Sorry, Lou—No More Team/Me

Lou Holtz, the legendary Notre Dame football coach started it:

 

TEAM me

 

I remember first seeing this sexy hieroglyph and deciding that it was dead right. The perfect way to express every manager’s deepest desire—cram all those unruly people into a Volkswagen-sized concept, chop off any arms, legs, and other inconvenient body parts that stick out, and step on the gas.

Go team!

I realize now I was half right—the dead part—Team/Me is dead wrong. And Coach, I hope this doesn’t mean I’ll never get your autograph.

Business has fallen in love with teams and teamwork. For good reason. Teams are an ideal way to flatten the hierarchy, shorten lines of command and control (but not eliminate them), increase ...

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