This little book could make a big change in the way you view your team. There's little more energizing and fulfilling in life than the satisfaction of working well with others to accomplish a common goal. And this powerful little book can help you experience more team satisfaction than ever before Making use of his exceptional, humor-laced storytelling style, Bill Butterworth makes the basics of teamwork easy to grasp and easy to put to work. He sketches a memorable overview of teamwork that includes: -the three great needs of team members -the four great barriers to teamwork, and -the five great traits of effective teams. It all adds up to a succinct understanding of how to work well as a team that will satisfy leaders, managers, coaches-anyone who wants to know how to make a group perform at high levels while enjoying the camaraderie and satisfaction of being "us." Also look for the On-the-Fly-Guide toBalancing Work and Life! From the Trade Paperback edition.
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July 18, 2006
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Excerpt from On-the-Fly Guide to...Building Successful Teams by Bill Butterworth
Everything I Know About Teamwork I Learned at Carnegie Hall
"Dad, we're gonna sing at Carnegie Hall!"
So bellowed my sixteen-year-old son, John, as he ran down the hall of our California home. An eleventh grader, John was a member of his high-school choir. They had previously submitted an audition tape to join a five-hundred-voice all-American high-school honors choir, and John had just learned that they had been accepted.
Most folks I know have heard of Carnegie Hall. Few have ever been there.
When I walked through the doors on that cold winter night in March, I made two discoveries. One, Carnegie Hall is not as big as I had imagined. Don't get me wrong, it's big--a couple thousand seats at least. But to a guy who has attended too many concerts in arenas and stadiums, it seemed almost small.
Two, the Carnegie Hall stage doesn't have a curtain. All onstage activity comes and goes through a set of double doors on the right side of the stage. I'm guessing it has something to do with the hall's acoustic perfection, but there is no big, heavy, velvet curtain like you'd expect. This is not a problem aesthetically, except that, between acts, what would be considered backstage movement is in full view.
The high-school choir was the main attraction, but obviously it needed an opening act. And who better to open for the five-hundred-voice all-American high-school honors choir than the five-hundred-voice all-American elementary-school honors choir?
That's right, five hundred eight-, nine-, and ten-year-olds marched onto the stage and proceeded to sing their set. I saw proud parents beaming from every seat in the hall. Many people wept as the children sang (I'll let you determine why their singing would reduce an adult to tears), and I quickly decided that this concert could not fail.
Everyone in the hall was related to one of the performers.
The elementary-school choir performed its last piece, received well-deserved applause, and marched off the stage.
Now for the good part, I thought and smiled. The high schoolers.