Virtual Book Club: "Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy" by Amy Edmondson

  • 13 Feb 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Zoom online platform


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Join in the conversation as we discuss Amy Edmondson's book, "Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy." 

Our discussion will be facilitated and give you a chance to speak with others as to what they thought about the book and the ideas.  How people are using these ideas or considering the use of the ideas.  One idea we'll be sure to discuss is "psychological safety."  We're sure many of you saw the team research from Google and how psychological safety contributes to team person.  Let's talk about what we are seeing with this concept.  Are you seeing organizations move in this direction with intention? If so, how? If not, why? 

Bring your curiosity and your viewpoints, and let's have a conversation!

About the book:

Breakthrough thinking in organizational learning, leadership, and change. Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today's companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the work that produces value for customers is carried out by teams, and increasingly, by flexible team-like entities. The pace of change and the fluidity of most work structures means that it's not really about creating effective teams anymore, but instead about leading effective teaming.

Teaming shows that organizations learn when the flexible, fluid collaborations they encompass are able to learn. The problem is teams, and other dynamic groups, don't learn naturally. Edmondson outlines the factors that prevent them from doing so, such as interpersonal fear, irrational beliefs about failure, groupthink, problematic power dynamics, and information hoarding.

Link to Amy Edmondson on TedxHGSE discussing her idea of teaming:


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