Introducing a compelling new approach for Organization Development (OD) and Human Resource professionals looking to make impactful organizational change: The Team Discovered, by Bennett Bratt.
Part exploration and part illustrative story, The Team Discovered hopefully and poignantly merges the wisdom of Dialogic OD with the heritage of Diagnostic OD, thoughtfully outlining how to integrate narrative-based mindsets and tools aimed at supporting today’s resource and time-limited teams
“This book is a gracious, smart, provocative promotion of the gritty, messy, wonderfulness of human life that shows up when we stop searching for easy answers. ”
Author of UNCONDITIONAL
COMMUNICATION: Shaping Better
Relationships & Bigger Futures -Together
"This book is a fresh reminder of what every worker, manager, and leader knows but often forgets: Teams are in themselves social ecosystems, capable of being wonderfully and smartly connected, adaptive, and effective."
Senior Research Scientist & Professor Emeritus, The University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
"If you’ve grown weary of quick-fix team effectiveness approaches that ultimately don’t stick, The Team Discovered is the antidote."
Global Head of HR, Personal Systems, HP Inc.
"Ben’s easy handling of complex content brings intellectual depth and precision with a practitioner’s experience of the real world to help teams be successful in the ways they need to be."
Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Marsh
"Bratt encourages us to explore what is possible when normative judgments and preconceived notions of the ideal are left behind. His wisdom shines through for the benefit of all who read this book and apply the principles therein."
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, University of Colorado Boulder
"The aim of team coaching is to enable teams to have the conversations they need to have with themselves, and this book is a route map to successful teaming."
EMCC Special Ambassador & Visiting Professor, Henley Business School. Author of Coaching the Team at Work and editor of The Practitioner's Handbook of Team Coaching
"The illustrative device of story makes for a lively and compelling read, and it reassures practitioners that they can summon the courage to ‘not know’, to model staying in the flux and flow of things, as they enable their clients to become increasingly more adaptive to the complexity of the world around them."
Author of Finding Merlin: A Handbook For The Human Development Journey In Our New Organisational World and founding editor of Practising Social Change
"I feasted upon this book. The story is threaded with clients’ and coaches’ challenges, dilemmas, and aspirations, and it resonates so deeply. This short book will help coaches understand what they do so well, while also pointing clear direction to where they could learn and grow. What an exciting window into the complex and impactful world of Dialogic team coaching."
Advisor, Extraordinary Teams Partnership
Author of Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results and The Consultant’s Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do
"The Team Discovered breathes fresh energy into the field of Organization Development. It makes the case for the integration of analyzing the world and experiencing the world—both of which are needed to act on the world. I love this book’s focus on language as the basis for transformation; the artist’s belief that every team and moment is unique; attention as a casualty of the modern world; the work of leadership development as creation every step of the way. It is a welcome antidote to the longing for structured, predictable, and measurable interventions. It is a pleasure to recommend that you read this book."
Citizen of Cincinnati and Author of Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used and Community: The Structure of Belonging
While most methods presume some kind of evaluative comparison to other groups, large data sets, best practices and/or theoretical ideals will be helpful, Bratt makes the case that comparison is, at best, a distraction and, at worst, debilitating. This mindset challenges widely used approaches to team development that utilize data alone to highlight gaps between current and desirable team performances.
While showing how data can be useful, he persuasively argues that a Dialogic, narrative-based approach to discovery and inquiry is better at helping teams author their own language, imagery and narrative of effectiveness, ones they will own and grow into.
The Team Discovered offers a modern approach to team development that meets today’s teams where they live: in a complex world with intense demands and serious time constraints.
One crucial ingredient to success that’s often overlooked: Empathy. Bratt highlights the importance of empathizing not only with the impossibly difficult circumstances teams and their leaders all too often find themselves in, but also with the OD practitioners who enter into their dynamic world with their own narratives of what “good” means.
Bringing Dialogic OD to life in the world of teams, Bratt shares an extended case example of two OD practitioners learning about the unique facets of a client team and its VP leader.
On the heels of recent, significant changes, including a reorganization, the team and leader discover their unique path to greater effectiveness and utility using Dialogic OD mindsets and tools in a team coaching setting.