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Book Review                                              Page 44


Team Turnarounds

A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams   

Book Team Turnarounds

by Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, Calif., 2012, 251 pp., $25.95 hardcover

Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl have put together a book to help you and your team deliver what is necessary for nurturing a culture of excellence in your organization. Their book, Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams, will gently but firmly lead you through six stages of growth while providing real-world examples of success. In my view, their Team Turnaround Workbook alone is worth the price.

The authors, who write a column for The Washington Post and work for Meno Consulting, share five years of research on business, sports and government teams to explore what it takes to get a failing team back on track. Focusing on strategies and techniques, the authors highlight how the teams moved from failure to success.

The same can happen in school systems — no matter how bad the circumstances, how awful the tests scores, teacher performance or community’s perceptions. Team Turnarounds walks the reader through the process of reversing course or building on the present course to reach the top.

The section titled “Leading Past Losing” fits well into the problematic position public education seems to occupy in the eyes of our constituents. Even though our public is mostly proud of its local schools, the national media plants doubts by painting a picture of widespread failure. This section helps you acknowledge the current situation before moving forward to change the perceptions.

The behind-the-scenes accounts of effective turnarounds at major organizations from national pizza chains to Broadway musicals will inspire and entertain. Both authors have doctorates in sport psychology, which lends a unique perspective across every sector.

Reviewed by Jim Hattabaugh, consultant, Fort Smith, Ark.


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