Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance

Reading is fun. But not every book is really worth reading it – especially when it comes to business books. Therefore I already started the “Book of the Week” Series, where I share comprehensive abstracts on my favourite books.

Now I want to start another series called: “Business Books” – featuring information on books in a more compact way. Today I would like to present you Great Business Teams: Cracking the Code for Standout Performance”, by Howard Guttman (2008).

Great Business Teams stand apart from the rest. They are undaunted by the toughest business challenges and are not content with just overcoming these challenges. Instead, they use them as opportunities for transformation. In Great Business Teams, Howard Guttman demonstrates how a powerful horizontal business model can change the way teams function and reveals how and why organizations that have implemented this structure are able to ride the currents during tough times and rise to the top in the best of times. Company leaders will learn how to convert their teams into highly motivated top performers who are ready to respond to any business challenge.

The hallmark of great sports teams and Great Business teams alike is the ability to consistently excel under pressure. Whether it is a team composed of a CEO and top-management personnel or a plant manager and shop floor personnel, teams are at the center of power, responsibility, and action. Mediocre teams produce mediocre results and inept teams can do irreparable damage to a company’s brand, product line, customer relationships, and share value. Building strong business teams requires hiring the right people, starting at the top. Great Business Teams are led by high performance leaders who create a platform for fundamental change.

These leaders are impatient with the status quo. They see challenges as an opportunity to energize others. They convert the challenge into a business case for radically and permanently changing an organization and the behavior of those who work for it. Leaders of Great Business Teams are also visionaries and architects. They have the ability to see the whole picture and to create a blueprint that will inspire others. These leaders also realize that they need the help of their team in order to successfully overcome business challenges. Therefore, building strong relationships with their team members is another priority of these visionary leaders.


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