Michael Nir authored the (free) book Influence and Lead, which can be found through the Kindle bookstore. I found this book, consisting of seven chapters, to be quite insightful. This book discusses teams – from team relationships, to different stages of a team, to how to change behavior within a team – along with some general business information, exercises for teams and individuals, and what to expect within the team environment.
As Nir points out, there are specific reasons individuals like working in teams, and why some teams work better than others. There is a certain level of reciprocity, commitment, liking, authority, and honesty that mush be readily available and readily given by all team members. In addition, Nir discusses RACI, and acronym that explains the different things that need to occur to make a team successful: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed. This is insightful as it explains what is happening within the team as each of these important aspects are given and received by team members.
Nir discusses some things that effective teams do to become successful; he defines what leaders are and the different leadership styles; that conflict in teams is essential; and how to perform a stakeholder analysis. He gives examples for ice breaker activities that can be performed with a new team or a team that brings in new members, and activities anyone can conduct to help them become aware of their body movement and facial expressions when interacting with their team and stakeholders (very beneficial, in my opinion).
Nir explains the stages of a team, which are: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. Nir goes on to explain each of these stages, what is happening in the team dynamics, and how a team can go backwards in the stages if a new team member is brought in or if conflict occurs without addressing and fixing the conflict.
The SWOT analysis that Nir discusses is informative, especially for someone who is not familiar with what a SWOT analysis is, or why one is used in a business setting.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It is an easy read with a great deal of information, even for the seasoned team player. For me, I think the only one that was lacking was possibly specific experiences of the author in how different ideas or situations can be handled or taken advantage of to gain additional insight into the team and how to use that information to help make the team stronger. I would have also liked to see specific examples of good and bad leadership styles. However, for a free e-book download I found it to be great.
To learn more about Michael Nir, you can read his author page on Amazon.