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Favorite Team Building Book of All Time
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2013
I ran across this book in a class I took towards the end of my MBA. The class was focused on virtual teams, and this was one of several books we read during the class. When I first read this book, I was sucked in and totally absorbed with the novelesque story telling. Even if you are not seeking virtual team knowledge, this is a fun story to read.
What has kept me coming back to this book over and over throughout the years is the practical application of the content, and the new depth I get every time I re-read the book. Over the past 5 years, I have bought this book for many members of my teams. I like being able to use the symbolism in the book in every day discussions, and if the team understands the symbolism and application, it makes adjustments to our working approach easier and faster to implement.
I have always struggled with team building and personal relationships within my teams. I suspect that is fairly common, but I have found that this book helps me resolve conflict between team members much faster than before I had read this book. I have a much greater understanding of virtual team dynamics than I did before. In addition, this book can be applied even to non-virtual teams. Even a non-virtual team can have the same dynamic problems that virtual teams have, and even the non-virtual team interacts with virtual employees or customers in this day and age.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring manager or leader.