Using the same characters as those found in Miller’s other bestseller, The Secret and one new character, a retired Special Forces Commander, this work aims to help team leaders and team members create high-performing teams. The core message is that Talent, Skills, and Community are all essential to team success, and that team leaders and leaders supervising or training team leaders, need to develop all three in order to create such teams.
This work presents a radical message in the team literature and in the practice of most organizations. Most team books focus on such things as getting clear about team purpose and team member roles, not the importance of creating a sense of community in a team. Miller offers concrete suggestions for building teams where people know each other deeply, server each other willingly, and genuinely care for each other. The reader learns of the value true affection and compassion bring to a team and how crucial that bond is to any team’s success.
The story was told through the eyes of a corporate training team tasked with a goal to develop high performance teams. I think the book would suit corporate trainers who are aware that they need to improve. I'm not a corporate trainer therefore the book did not appeal to me.
With so many books on leadership and teams it can be hard to digest and accept the "next good idea or opinion". Mark Miller has captured a great progressive theme from the Heart of a Leader to The Secret of Leadership and now in The Secret of Teams. I encourage leaders to commit all three to their arsenal of books to have on the Shelf in full display with pages worn and marked up.
This was required reading for work, so I wasn't expecting a thrilling story. But the writing was incredibly repetitive and, there's no there word for it: corny. As for the audio performance, it was stilted and awkward. It sounded like the computer programs that can read to you. It didn't sound conversational or natural at all. Overall, silly and difficult to listen to.
I just really struggled to finish. It was great content but the story just was not very captivating.