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Combing vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius shows managers and executives how to look at their teams in a radically new way. It explores vital questions that could mean the difference between success and obsolescence.

Do you know how to reorganize your sub-par teams into top performers? Could you identify which of the top-performing teams in your company are reaching the end of their lifespan? Would you have the courage to shut them down? Would you know how to create the replacement team to be just as effective—without losing time or damaging morale? And most important, are your teams the right size for the job?

Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone share insights and real-life examples gleaned from their careers as journalists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs who travel the world meeting successful teams and team leaders. Throughout, they reveal some “new truths” about teams, including:

  • The right team size is usually one person less than managers think they need;
  • Everything you know about performance compensation is probably wrong;
  • The greatest challenge facing good teams is not how to succeed but how to die;
  • Good “chemistry” often makes for the least effective teams;
  • And more.

Eye-opening, grounded, and essential, Team Genius is the next big idea that will revolutionize business today—and tomorrow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Karlgaard and Malone look at how leaders can create conditions for success by embracing differences within teams, bringing out the best in people, and understanding that we are hardwired to collaborate.”

    Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Persuasive and crucial Team Genius, a splendid example of team achievement, lays out what you need to know about a subject that’s becoming more important than ever to an organization’s success.”

    Steve Forbes, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A useful overview of the science of teams.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Karlgaard and Malone draw from anthropology, ethnography, history, psychology, and evolutionary microbiology to show that, rather than competition, ‘cooperation may be the default tendency in human beings’…An intriguing counter to the excesses of both individualism and organizations.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With three hundred thousand team members around the world, thousands of trucks, and hundreds of aircraft, FedEx delivers more than two billion packages a year. We can only do this with exceptional teams of people. Team Genius advances our thinking on what makes highly effective and maneuverable teams.”

    Frederick W. Smith, CEO and chairman, FedEx

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