Build a Great Team: One Year to Success!

hakala_team300With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever.  Building on the model of her bestselling book Be A Great Boss, Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-guided tool to the dynamic role of team-building.

Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook will show you how to

  • Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets
  • Improve communication  between team members
  • Mentor other staff members
  • Keep your team organized in a culture of change

Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team. Here are some reviews:

With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever. Building on the model of her bestselling book Be A Great Boss, Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-guided tool to the dynamic role of team-building. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook will show you how to Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets Improve communication between team members Mentor other staff members Keep your team organized in a culture of change Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team. Goodreads

In a welcome addition to the growing, must-read Busy Librarian series, this concise book begins with a look at team building from a historical perspective and moves at a brisk pace, providing weekly and monthly guidance and support to carry team leaders confidently through their first year. Each chapter includes suggestions of related titles for follow-up leadership research and concludes with reflective participatory exercises, which both newbie as well as veteran team leaders will find essential when committing the concepts presented into action. This is another helpful and well-written workbook that would make a fine addition to any librarian’s professional collection of career-building tools. Recommended for library managers and managers-to-be, this is a great source for what they didn’t teach you in library school. Booklist

Build A Great Team: One Year To Success provides instructions for creating an effective, productive team in any library. Part of the ALA Guides for the Busy Librarianseries, this book is divided into weekly exercises, designed to take an hour or so to complete. This format allows for positive changes without overwhelming the team leader and members all at once. It is possible, of course, to use the book on any timetable. This is a useful, flexible manual that would help any library team leader. It places a great deal of weight on assessing the individual team members, highlighting the importance of understanding generational disparities and varying personality types, and using the differences within a team in a complementary fashion. Team leaders need to appreciate what the organized, by-the-book folks and the creative, impulsive folks both bring to the table, and they need to share this appreciation, so the team members can see how they all are valued. Open communication, planning time, list-making, hiring practices—all this and much more are thoroughly covered. What makes this book stand out is that it is written in a conversational manner and divided into easy-to-digest bits. It can be used effectively once a week, or taken in all at once. The reader could go in order, or skip around as needed. It is a useful, easy tool that contains a lot of pertinent information that will help any team leader have a more successful and satisfied team. Reviewer: Heather Pittman; Ages adult professional. Voya

Table of Contents  
 
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
MONTH ONE:
Welcome to Your Team!
WEEK ONEJAMES MICHENER
WEEK TWOGRAVEYARD STEW
WEEK THREETHE SETTING
WEEK FOURTHE ARCHITECT
MONTH TWO:
Recruiting
WEEK ONEGAPS
WEEK TWOTHROWING THE NET
WEEK THREETHE HIRING TEAM
WEEK FOURTHE RIGHT FOOT
MONTH THREE:
Narrowing
WEEK ONEFIRST IMPRESSIONS
WEEK TWOA BOOK BY ITS COVER
WEEK THREEFLAGS
WEEK FOURSETTING THE STAGE
MONTH FOUR:
Interviewing
WEEK ONEANSWERS
WEEK TWOQUESTIONS
WEEK THREETHE BIG DAY
WEEK FOURDECISION TIME
MONTH FIVE:
Blending
WEEK ONETHE INVITATION
WEEK TWOWELCOME MAT
WEEK THREECLARITY
WEEK FOURWORKING WITH A NET
MONTH SIX :
Foundations
WEEK ONE“EVERYTHING” 101
WEEK TWOTHE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
WEEK THREECATCHPHRASES
WEEK FOURPYTHONS AND HIPPOS (OR THE BELL CURVE)
MONTH SEVEN :
Communication and Growth
WEEK ONEWATER AND LIGHT BULBS
WEEK TWOEN MASSE
WEEK THREEPOWER OF THE PEN
WEEK FOURUNSPOKEN
MONTH EIGHT:
Resolutions
WEEK ONEDEFINING ISSUES
WEEK TWOCOACHING OPTIONS
WEEK THREEPOSITIVE DISCIPLINE
WEEK FOURTHE FINAL CONSEQUENCES (DEALING WITH FIRING)
MONTH NINE:
Actions
WEEK ONEMAKING DECISIONS
WEEK TWOUNDERSTANDING VIEWPOINTS
WEEK THREEDE-MYSTIFYING DELEGATION
WEEK FOURBUILDING CONFIDENCE
MONTH TEN :
Planning and Strategy
WEEK ONEYOUR DEFINING PURPOSE
WEEK TWOPAINLESS PLANNING
WEEK THREETEAM PLANNING
WEEK FOURSTRATEGIC CAREERS
MONTH ELEVEN:
Team Environment
WEEK ONEWINNING CULTURE
WEEK TWOVALUING VALUES
WEEK THREELANGUAGE, LEGENDS, MYTHS, AND REALITY
WEEK FOURHOME SWEET HOME (ENVIRONMENT AND SYMBOLS)
MONTH TWELVE :
Intentional Success
WEEK ONEBE A NEW LEADER, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT
WEEK TWOTHIS TIME, NEXT YEAR (SETTING LONG-TERM GOALS)
WEEK THREEWHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? (SETTING SHORT-TERM GOALS)
WEEK FOURLEADING TEAMS