ATD-OC Book Club: The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

  • 07/13/2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • 40


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The ATD-OC Book Club is open to non-members too! It’s a great way to learn more about ATD-OC and our wonderful members.

What is our agenda?

Some come to talk, some to listen, all to experience the moment.
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Greetings and self-introductions 
    (exact time and format depend on number attending)
  • 30 – 45 minutes: Discussion on three questions
    • What learning point matters to you most from the book?
    • Where does the lesson apply in your current life?
    • What is one action you will take as a result?
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Discussion on next steps
A little about our book…

The definitive classic on high-performance teams.

Using engaging case studies and testimonials from both successful and failed teams—ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Army to high school sports—the authors explain the dynamics of teams both in great detail and with a broad view.

Their conclusions and prescriptions span the familiar to the counterintuitive:

• Commitment to performance goals and common purpose is more important to team success than team building.

• Opportunities for teams exist in all parts of the organization.

• Real teams are the most successful spearheads of change at all levels.

• Working in teams naturally integrates performance and learning.

• Team “endings” can be as important to manage as team “beginnings.”

Wisdom lies in recognizing a team’s unique potential to deliver results and in understanding its many benefits—development of individual members, team accomplishments, and stronger companywide performance. Katzenbach and Smith’s comprehensive classic is the essential guide to unlocking the potential of teams in your organization.

A little about Jon R. Kazenbach and Douglas K. Smith …

Jon R. Katzenbach is Founder and Senior Sponsor of the Katzenbach Center at PwC Strategy & US LLC. Since the 1980’s, he has been recognized as a global leader and expert in leadership, teaming, and culture.

Douglas K. Smith is widely acknowledged to be among the world’s leading management innovators and thinkers. His books include On Value and Values, Fumbling the Future, Make Success Measurable, and Taking Charge of Change.  

“Jon Katzenbach and Doug Smith have lived with high-performance teams for years. Now they share their meticulous observations with all of us in an important and timely book, brimming with useful detail.” – Tom Peters

The Wisdom of Teams captures the power and vision of what great business teams can accomplish. Its stories and lessons should be read and learned.” – Senator Bill Bradley


Q: What if I didn’t read the book or only read part of it?
A: Join in anyway. We can be your live version of "CliffsNotes®" for learning.

Q: Where do I get a copy of the book?
A: You can order your book on

Q: Why join a book club discussion?
A: Read what
 John Coleman wrote in HBR.

This meeting is open to members and non-members of ATD-OC. There is no fee for this program. Registration is limited to 42.

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