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Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder

5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast

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'High-Impact Tools for Teams' by Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder is a guide for team leaders and members, providing effective ways to improve collaboration, productivity, and communication within a team. It contains practical tools and methods to enhance team performance.

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    There are common reasons why teams get poor results.

    Everyone loves team meetings, right? Wait, what?! You dont like meetings? You actually dread attending them and think they’re unhelpful, annoying time-wasters? Well, as it turns out, you’re not alone. 

    According to research conducted by the Atlassian software company, half of meetings are an unproductive waste of time; around 37 billion dollars’ worth of salaries are squandered in meetings by US businesses alone. This is partially because many teams are downright dysfunctional. According to a report in Harvard Business Review, only 10 percent of team members can even agree about who else is on their team. So is it any wonder that less than 30 percent of team projects turn out to be successful? 

    The writing is on the wall: meetings aren’t working. For teams to succeed, we need new tools and a new approach to project management.

    The key message here is: There are common reasons why teams get poor results.

    We need teams to be successful. The biggest and most important projects require effective teamwork – there’s simply no other way. To come up with a solution for better results, we first need to look at what some of the common problems are.

    Let’s start with two of the biggest ones: unsafe team environments and activity misalignment.

    It’s not hard to spot an unsafe team environment. This happens when people don’t feel comfortable speaking their minds, raising concerns, or disagreeing with others. Team members tend to feel unvalued, and there’s a sense that it’s all about competition rather than collaboration.

    Likewise, there are noticeable red flags when team activities are misaligned. The most glaring example is when team members are confused about the roles other team members are playing. Then there are the countless meetings that never clear anything up. Priorities keep shifting, and no one communicates. Because of all the confusion, efforts get needlessly duplicated, and progress inches forward when it should be making leaps and bounds. Sound familiar?

    Solving just one of these problems isn’t enough. In order to conquer highly complex problems, you need both a safe team climate and perfectly aligned activities. And that is where the Team Alignment Map – or TAM, for short – comes in. In the blinks ahead we’ll look at how the TAM can help you plan projects and make sure everyone feels confident and clear about how to work together to achieve amazing results. 

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    What is High-Impact Tools for Teams about?

    High Impact Tools for Teams (2021) offers flexible tools for project planning, assessment, and creating an empowering environment for your team members. At the center is the Team Alignment Map, a simple chart that will transform the way you conduct meetings, track progress, and identify problems before they occur.

    High-Impact Tools for Teams Review

    High-Impact Tools for Teams (2019) is a must-read for anyone looking to improve team collaboration and achieve better results. Here's what makes this book special:

    • It offers a range of practical tools that can be easily implemented to enhance team productivity and effectiveness.
    • With real-life case studies and examples, the book demonstrates how these tools have been successfully applied in various team settings.
    • The authors' focus on practicality ensures that the book is not just theoretical but provides actionable insights for immediate application.

    Who should read High-Impact Tools for Teams?

    • Leaders and project managers looking for better results
    • Anyone trying to get an ambitious project off the ground
    • Team members who long for a better work environment

    About the Author

    Stefano Mastrogiacomo is a management consultant who’s spent over 20 years leading projects, developing new tools, and working with international companies. His specialties include change management, psycholinguistics, and design thinking. He’s also a professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Alexander Osterwalder is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and speaker. Considered one of the most esteemed management thinkers in the world, he’s been awarded the Thinkers50 Strategy Award. He’s the cofounder of Strategyzer, one of the leading companies for business tools and services.

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    The main message of High-Impact Tools for Teams is that effective teamwork requires the right tools and processes.

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    High-Impact Tools for Teams is a valuable book that provides insights and practical tools for enhancing team performance.

    Who is the author of High-Impact Tools for Teams?

    The authors of High-Impact Tools for Teams are Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder.

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