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X Teams: How To Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed


"Good teams fail all the time, and it’s not because they are inadequate or lack the talent or knowledge to do the job. It’s because they follow the classic team approach of focusing internally." So says Deborah Ancona, a Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center, and a consultant to such companies as AT&T, BP, Vale, Merrill Lynch, and Newscorp. In this presentation, Professor Ancona presents X-Teams, a new model that illustrates how teams can become engines of innovation and execution through fostering an external focus and external action. Challenging the conventional wisdom that successful teams focus on internal dynamics, Ancona builds on twenty years of research to show that high performance teams make external activity a top priority. Drawing on examples from BP, Microsoft, Newscorp, and HP, Ancona describes how to identify the attributes of high-performing, innovative teams; how to create teams that are a vehicle for leadership development; how to rapidly develop X-teams in your company; and how to build an infrastructure of innovation in your organization.
(20 slides with audio)

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