Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

October’s Book of the Month by Amy C. Edmondson

My latest read by Amy Edmondson is about team work on the fly!  Many people who have trained as team coaches with us at Executive Coach Studio will have considered team design and the impact of this on team effectiveness and the effectiveness of team coaching.  In Teaming, Amy challenges us to recognise that the increasing complex and demanding nature of the business world means that many teams do not have the time, structure or intention or creating well-designed teams with enough stability over a period of time to develop their capacity to work effectively as a team.  She believes that it’s not really about creating effective teams, but instead abut leading effective teaming.

So, what does she mean by Teaming?  Teaming is essentially a shift from collaborating to execute to collaborating to learn. The purpose of teaming is to expand knowledge and expertise so that organizations and their customers can capture the value. Amy says: “Teaming is a verb. It is a dynamic activity, not a bounded, static entity.” It is about the mindset and practices of teamwork and psychological safety is primary. 

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