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The Team Building Tool Kit

Deborah Harrington-Mackin
AMACOM, 1994
ISBN 0-8144-7826-3

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Deborah Harrington-Mackin does an excellent job of compiling and presenting the fundamental tools necessary to produce effective teams. The text is easy to read and can be read from cover to cover or skimmed. Further, individual sections give extremely useful information as standalone pieces.

Table of Contents:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Let's Meet: Team Meetings
  3. Team Behavior
  4. Problems of Fear and Control
  5. Team Decision Making and Problem Solving
  6. Evaluating and Rewarding Team Performance
  7. Training

The text is formatted with a narrative section followed by a comprehensive question-and-answer section. The narrative is interspersed with useful templates such as a form for taking meeting minutes, and figures such as the most effective seating configurations for effective team meetings.

Harrington-Mackin's comfortable style and useful suggestions make this a must-have for the project manager's reference library. The book can be picked up to address specific team issues and can easily supply concise answers to those issues. The quantity and quality of useful information plus the fact that one can readily access specific pieces of concrete, applicable data make this text extremely beneficial to the project manager.

Contributed by Jill Irwin, ProjectConnections staff

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