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Preface

Preface

Teams are everywhere we look. From our work environment to the volunteer work we do to our leisure time, teams play a role in our lives. Some teams are formally organized and some are loosely bound together, but they are all trying to achieve a goal. It would be wonderful if we could observe team structures and pinpoint one element that makes a team successful, but as in so many situations it is a variety of things.

This book addresses many of the components needed to build a successful team— planning, organizing, commitment, vision, and so on. The sound principles that Robert Maddux wrote about are still applicable today. It was an honor to revise this book and update the examples and work situations.

To help you, the reader, better understand these concepts, I have selected the analogy of building a house to illustrate building a team. Whether or not you have ever built a house, been involved in a remodeling project, or watched a building project unfold, I believe that you will be able to identify with the core elements needed to build a team—and a house.

As you read this book, look for the similarities between your work environment and the concepts described. Select the ideas and concepts that will help your team grow and achieve new goals. Enjoy the building process!

Barb Wingfield

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank my team of cheerleaders who keep me centered and on task both personally and professionally: Bob, Brian, Erin, Brad, Rebecca, Adam, Shirley, and Julie. A special thanks to Mike Foti, president of Leadership Builders; Christine Zust, president of Zust and Company; and Loran Zwerin from Zwerin and Associates, who offered their expertise. Thanks to Debbie Woodbury for her insight and help to make this revision the best possible for the readers. A special tip of the hat to the all the wonderful employees at Crisp who have worked to make this project great.

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