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Team Genius

The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

By Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
13-minute read
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Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone

Team Genius (2015) is a comprehensive guide to teamwork in business. These blinks explore the different forms of teamwork and how you can optimize your teams to keep them productive, motivated and innovative.

  • Group leaders
  • Team builders and team players
  • Anyone interested in what makes a team work

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a featured column, covering business and leadership issues. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners as well as Silicon Valley's premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club.

Michael S. Malone, the author of the bestsellers The Virtual Corporation, Bill & Dave and The Intel Trinity, is one of the world's best-known technology writers.

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Team Genius

The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

By Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
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Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
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Team Genius (2015) is a comprehensive guide to teamwork in business. These blinks explore the different forms of teamwork and how you can optimize your teams to keep them productive, motivated and innovative.

Key idea 1 of 8

With technology evolving rapidly, enterprises need maneuverability to adapt.

Technology is developing faster than ever; our world is increasingly interconnected; life as we know it may never be the same again – you’ve heard it all before, right? These days, we’ve more or less accepted that the world is changing, and fast. But have we learned to keep up with it?

Businesses that want to survive within rapidly shifting markets must have one crucial skill: Maneuverability, that is, the ability to change direction quickly so that enterprise stays afloat.

To get an idea of what maneuverability looks like in action, let’s take a look at Apple.

Back in 2002, the future of the company was uncertain. And yet, in 2012, as other companies such as US Airways, Enron and Adelphia Communication Corporation were struggling with poor performance and bankruptcy, Apple was worth a whopping $656 billion. How did they pull this off? Well, Apple had met the needs of changing markets by successfully introducing not one but five groundbreaking products: the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, the iPad and the Apple store.

Time and time again, Apple proved capable of discerning what customers wanted, and acting on this information fast. At the heart of the company is a culture of risk-taking, agility and efficiency; employees simply wouldn’t dare approach Steve Jobs with a design or plan that was anything less than daring. This culture allowed the company to attract and keep talented employees through thick and thin.

Maneuverability, risk-taking and brilliant employees are the three key ingredients to Apple’s recipe for success. But what brought it all together? Powerful teams. What exactly makes a team powerful? Find out in the coming blinks!

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