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Author: Warren Bennis, Warren G. Bennis, Patricia Ward Biederman Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781596597396
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From Publishers Weekly University of Southern California business professor Bennis and Los Angeles Times reporter Biederman examine six "Great Groups" whose work affected and sometimes changed the modern world. They are the Disney organization and its animated films; the Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center, which designed the first user-friendly computer; the Clinton presidential campaign of 1992 for what the authors deem a remarkable victory; Lockheed's Skunk Works, where the U-2 spy plane and the Stealth bomber were developed; Black Mountain College in the foothills of North Carolina, which lasted only from 1933 to 1956 but attracted many major artists; and the Manhattan Project, whose scientists created the atomic bomb. All of these groups, the authors stress, consisted of enormously talented people with a sense of mission, who worked under a strong leader and were imbued with pragmatic optimism. Each segment is so well told that it has lessons for all. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Aimed at people suddenty entrusted with a corporate project that involves getting people to work together creatively, a skill rarely imparted at B-school…Smoothly written [and] perfectly targeted to the harried captain of industry.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Bottom line: A fascinating look at collaborative genius, as well as take-home lessons that may teach and inspire.”

    Training and Development

  • “The most riveting management book ever.”

    Global Business Network

  • Organizing Genius, the latest insightful and fascinating offering from Bennis and Biederman, reveals how there is rarely only one face to success. What may seem be be independent achievements are almost always a collection of extraordinarily interdependent minds.”

    Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaigham | 10/9/2012

    " Amazing. Any leader or manager of any type of enterprise needs to get a copy. Now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 12/29/2011

    " Only good if you're looking for the proof. No real "lessons" structurally laid out, but rather stories of companies/groups etc. that worked together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 6/19/2011

    " This was a good book and I've gone back to it many times to re-read a chapter or brush up on a cool factoid. It breaks down some of the countries greatest groups and why they were so great. It reviews the Walt Disney Studios that created Snow White to the Manhattan Project, and many others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rina | 3/27/2010

    " It is a great read for managers, team and project leaders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/19/2010

    " A great look into some of the greatest groups in American history (Disney, PARC, Skunk Works) and what made them tick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaigham | 1/3/2010

    " Amazing. Any leader or manager of any type of enterprise needs to get a copy. Now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 4/2/2009

    " Only good if you're looking for the proof. No real "lessons" structurally laid out, but rather stories of companies/groups etc. that worked together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 8/2/2008

    " This was a good book and I've gone back to it many times to re-read a chapter or brush up on a cool factoid. It breaks down some of the countries greatest groups and why they were so great. It reviews the Walt Disney Studios that created Snow White to the Manhattan Project, and many others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/21/2008

    " Interesting book. studies 7 groups that took the leap from good to great and isolates the common characteristics shared by them all. "

About the Author

Author Warren Bennis

Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers as well as for the Library of Congress Talking Books for the Blind program. They include The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak, A Game as Old as Empire edited by Steven Hiatt, and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.