BOOK REVIEW: You First
Liane Davey’s 2013 book You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done is a refreshing read, in plain English about the state of teams in today’s corporate environment. Teams should be able to make better decisions, increase productivity and heighten engagement to make things easier and solve problems. However Davey sites that across organizations, teams are “sick”. She posits that as individuals, we are wired for teamwork but the individual needs to change first before helping the team improve.
In the first half of the book, Davey identifies five types of teams that you can easily relate with:
- The Crisis Junkie Team: only crisis unites the group
- The Bobble Head Team: focuses on maintaining harmony
- The Spectator Team: fragmented members who check out
- The Bleeding Back Team: underground conflict and back-channel dealings
- The Royal Rumble Team: stuck on personal agendas the team can’t move forward
The second half of the book then zeros in on you as an individual and the need to focus on five individual responsibilities within your team to begin to move the team forward. This is a great way to realize some first steps you can take before trying to tackle the larger team dysfunctions.
If you have had enough of your team’s struggles and want a fresh approach, You First can help. Contact me to understand key communication dynamics that can be quickly reconciled as you move your team forward.