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Wednesday 18 October 2017
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Three steps to inspiring passion and performance from your teams

Co-authors Derek Newberry, Mario Moussa, and Madeline Boyer join me to discuss their book Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance. Learn more about the book here!

Committed teams

Discussion guide about Committed Teams:

1. Teams can achieve great results, but more often than not teams underperform with respect to their potential.

2. Good working relationships are the foundation of great teamwork.

3. The paradox of work becoming increasingly virtual is that it is also becoming increasingly dependent on high performing teams.

4. A simple framework – the 3×3 – can help your team achieve great results. The key to this is knowing how to reflect as a group and knowing how to have effective conversations. The process helps you do both.

5. Commit, Check, Close.

6. Goals, Roles, Norms.

7. The importance of making team “rules.”

8. Why do teams fail?

About Derek Newberry:

Derek Newberry is a Lecturer at the Wharton School of Business and teaches in its Executive Programs. As a business anthropologist, he advises corporate leaders on the human factors that drive organizational effectiveness. Derek has worked with organizations in a wide-range of industries, including energy, banking, management consulting, and healthcare.. He has published extensively and lectured internationally on cultural barriers to organizational change, including speaking engagements at the World Bank, Copenhagen Business School, Stanford University, and the University of São Paulo. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Mario Moussa:

Mario Moussa is a successful author, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and Fellow in the Executive Programs at the Wharton School of Business. He advises senior leaders about top team effectiveness, organizational culture, and large-scale change initiatives. He has delivered workshops on leadership, strategic persuasion and collaboration to thousands of executives in New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, London, Istanbul, and other major cities around the world. His work has been featured on National Public Radio as well as in Time Magazine, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, HR Magazine, The Harvard Management Update, The Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and leading industry publications.

He is Co-Director of the Wharton Strategic Persuasion Workshop. He has also led the design of customized leadership development programs for organizations in a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, energy, healthcare, higher education, and government. By connecting the classroom and the boardroom, he closes the gap between cutting-edge research and professional experience. His work is based on simple, repeatable techniques that deliver results in today’s turbulent business climate.

In his latest book Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance, he and co-authors Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry use vivid stories and extensive first-hand research from Wharton’s Executive Development Program (EDP) to describe a process for building great teams. Dr. Moussa’s first book The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas, co-written with G. Richard Shell, has been critically acclaimed for its clear and effective methodology.

Dr. Moussa lives in Center City, Philadelphia with his wife and their three children.

About Madeline Boyer:

Madeline Boyer is a Senior Consultant with Percipient Partners, a Lecturer at the Wharton School and cultural business anthropologist whose work, research, and teaching focuses on new workplace phenomena: particularly shared and collaborative workspaces, and remote workforce management (leading ‘wide teams’). Madeline was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, is fluent in Spanish and English, and keenly aware of cross-cultural management issues–having grown up in a multi-cultural/lingual region. Madeline has worked with a wide range of clients, including leading health and research institutions, non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, and Wharton Executive Education on projects ranging from stakeholder research, change management and strategic planning, to executive development and teamwork coaching. She has lectured internationally on her work on coworking, the global shared workspace movement, and online community dynamics.

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Todd Schnick

Business Editor at The intrepidNOW Network
Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer.

He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.

Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.
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Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.


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