Best Books On Team Building

December 8, 2016

It’s in a manager’s best interest to form a true team from their employees.

Countless studies have been conducted on this subject, with findings reporting benefits such as improved productivity and efficiency, lower employee turnover and overall higher job satisfaction as a result.

However, how does one form teams out of staff members?

By following the advice in these books!

Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

This second edition, by Brian Cole Miller, is perfect for busy leaders who only have a bit of time each day or week to work on team building.

The truth is there is no single magic formula to create a team; it takes trust, communication and perseverance, which can be accomplished with team building activities.

By addressing typical challenges of most teams, this book helps managers teach their teams to:

  • Collaborate better
  • Learn to handle change
  • Problem solve
  • Communicate better
  • Improve creativity
  • Promote diversity
  • Nurture healthy competition

While many team building activities found on the internet call for heavy preparation, such as putting on a scavenger hunt and materials not typically found in offices, such as legos or building blocks, this book helps leaders manage their time with little-to-no preparation and common workplace items, like pencils and paper clips.

To help managers mitigate any issues, the author presents problems that may come up, and advises them on how to best handle them.

The book even advises on follow up questions and phrases to say after the activity to promote the team building message.

A Team of Leaders: Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results

Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff concentrated on helping leaders help their employees to empower themselves.

They concentrate on what it takes to make every single employee, whether they hold leadership positions or not, to step up and take ownership over their own work and the overall success of the company.

The authors help leaders to form teams that communicate well, plan for success and focus on improving their own performance.

To turn every staff member into a leader, the book shares certain systems that supervisors should implement, such as:

  • The Five-Stage Team Development Model – A model that explains characteristics that teams need to possess in order to switch from being dependent on a manager to managing themselves.
  • Best practices in team process design – How to institute change in teams.
  • A Team Value Creation Tool – Helps staff members place value on the positive changes they are making.
  • Visual Management – Strategies that leaders can utilise to send imagery to motivate their staff.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Reading instructions manuals and books on team creation can be rather dull, which is why Patrick Lencioni decided to turn things up in this fable on team building.

Instead of providing tips and ideas on how to make teams, the author wrote a story about a made-up CEO, Kathryn Peterson, who is facing a crisis when her staff members are not able to work collaboratively or productively, which threatens the very existence of the company.

The readers are taken on a gripping path as they read to find out whether Petersen will be successful in her quest or not.

Being a brilliant author, Lencioni adds important advice on team building that readers can take away from this story, such as the five dysfunctions that plague most teams, and how to fix them.