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Deborah Ancona challenges the dominant wisdom that effective teams focus internally on the roles, synergies, and collaboration of team members to produce results.
Building on twenty-five years of research, she shows that the most successful teams instead focus externally—on customers, competition, and the marketplace—tapping into an expanded knowledge base and skills set to move forward quickly. X-teams cross boundaries within their own organizations as well. Members network up and down the hierarchy, gaining support for their undertaking as well as knowing how best to integrate it strategically into the organization.
X-teams need to be fostered, and Dr. Ancona describes how team members should be selected, what the mindset of the team should be from Day 1, and how the teams should be supported with tools, timelines, deliverables, and top-management commitment.
Duration: 54 Minutes (2008)