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The New Why Teams Don't Work by Harvey Robbins, Michael Finley

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chapter 21 The Myth that Sports Teams and Work Teams Are Similar

People who like pro sports have a special disadvantage in team building: they expect the process to mirror their favorite sports team.

This expectation nearly always fails, and is especially unpleasant for other team members who don’t happen to follow pro sports. Posting action pictures of Michael Jordan or Randy Moss or Picabo Street, in hopes of engendering feelings of healthy competition and stellar performance, just doesn’t connect for everyone. But try explaining that to sports fans.

This disconnect was brought home to us by the publication a couple of years ago of Everyone’s a Coach, a collaboration between Ken (One-Minute Manager) Blanchard and Don Shula, Hall of Fame ...

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