Not only a fresh take on a topic always of great importance to managers - but also an extension of the successful brand built by "The First-Time Manager" (5th Ed: 0814408214, AMACOM, Mar. '05) which has sold 25,000 copies to date in the newly revised 5th edition and a total of 225,000 copies net in all editions. It is written in an engaging, conversational style, making it easy for managers to quickly and easily pick up useful new techniques. It is packed with activities and assessments for both the manager and team members. Team building is one of a new manager's most critical tasks - and this is the only book to focus specifically on team building for first-time managers. It explains the five essential qualities of a high-performing team: goals and standards; decision-making; honest communication; clear roles and responsibilities; and celebrating success.
Gary S. Topchik (New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA) is the managing partner of SilverStar Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management development, whose clients include AT&T, Honeywell, Disney, Sony Studios, and Oracle. He is a lecturer in the business and management department at UCLA and is the author or coauthor of The Accidental Manager (0-8144-7180-3), Managing Workplace Negativity (0-8144-0582-7), and The First-Time Manager (0-8144-0821-4).