New book gives invaluable advice in leading successful professional teams

June 2004
Management Services;Jun2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p3
Academic Journal
This article provides information on the book Leading the Professionals, by Geoff Smith, which gives invaluable advice in leading successful profession teams. Due to the nature of their work and personalities, many professionals prefer to do activities on their own and in their own way. A firm's best talents may not take too kindly to being told what to do and when to do it. Such employees may resist being managed, and be highly unenthusiastic about working in a team. Whatever category they fall into, whether it may be highly qualified, creative, knowledge workers, or conceptualists, they usually prefer to rely heavily on their own expertise to get a job done. In the book, the author provides much needed advice to those who have led teams of such individuals, whether in law and accountancy firms, education or public sector organizations, advertising agencies, design businesses, television production units or research and development. Smith shows how to meet the challenge of fostering and maintaining a well coordinated high performance team capable of achieving clear business objectives. The key, according to Smith, is a light touch of encouraging and supporting rather than directing and controlling.


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