Most teams underperform. Yours can beat the odds.

If you read nothing else on building better teams, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you assemble and steer teams that get results.

Leading experts such as Jon Katzenbach, Teresa Amabile, and Tamara Erickson provide the insights and advice you need to:

  • Boost team performance through mutual accountability
  • Motivate large, diverse groups to tackle complex projects
  • Increase your teams’ emotional intelligence
  • Prevent decision deadlock
  • Extract results from a bunch of touchy superstars
  • Fight constructively with top-management colleagues

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This article has 3 comments

  1. Anonymous

    A review of HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams gives the team leader a quick place to find down-to-earth articles containing much needed research into how teams operate, should be constructed and how they can be made more efficient. While I enjoyed reading the articles in the book, I was deeply interested in the first one, which I believe should catch the imagination of any technical-minded leader, “The New Science of Building Great Teams”. Starting the book of with such a well-written and researched article…

  2. Anonymous

    Avoiding Dictator Syndrome: The Paradox of Circular Logic in TeamsIn HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Teams (2013), I have found Frisch’s (2008) article, When Teams Can’t Decide, to be my favorite and most applicable to my current career season. In my career, I’m considered one of three core discipline leads, whose work impacts the other in a circular fashion. When having team meetings to discuss creating new features, each lead, representing the expertise of their team’s function, weighs in on the…

  3. Anonymous

    I found the article, Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams (Gratton & Erickson, 2007), to be my favorite out of HBR’S 10 Must Reads (2013). Building a team that knows how to work together is a tremendous benefit in today’s growing business culture. The article proposes that “the qualities required for success are the same qualities that undermine success” (Gratton & Erickson, 2007, p. 56). These qualities for building collaborative teams are being large, virtual participation, diversity…

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