The Orange Revolution
How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
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From New York Times bestselling authors and renowned leadership consultants Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton comes a groundbreaking guide to building high-performance teams. What is the true driver of a thriving organization’s exceptional success? Is it a genius leader? An iron-clad business plan? Gostick and Elton shatter these preconceptions of corporate achievement. Their research shows that breakthrough success is guided by a particular breed of high-performing team that generates its own momentum—an engaged group of colleagues in the trenches, working passionately together to pursue a shared vision. Their research also shows that only 20 percent of teams are working anywhere near this optimal capacity. How can your team become one of them?
Based on a groundbreaking 350,000-person study by the Best Companies Group, as well as extraordinary research into exceptional teams at leading companies, including Zappos.com, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Madison Square Garden, the authors have determined a key set of characteristics displayed by members of breakthrough teams, and have identified a set of rules great teams live by, which generate a culture of positive teamwork and lead to extraordinary results.
Using a wealth of specific stories from the breakthrough teams they studied, they reveal in detail how these teams operate and how managers can transform their own teams into such high performers by fostering:
Stronger clarity of goals
Greater trust among team members
More open and honest dialogue
Stronger accountability for all team members
Purpose-based recognition of team members’ contributions
The remarkable stories they tell about these teams in action provide a simple and powerful step-by-step guide to taking your team to the breakthrough level, igniting the passion and vision to bring about an Orange Revolution.
Adrian Gostick is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, which are sold in more than 50 countries around the world. He is a founder of the global training and consulting firm The Culture Works, with a focus in Recognition, Teamwork, and Culture. Learn more at TheCultureWorks.com or AdrianGostick.com
“This book can change your business as it teaches you how you can create great teams to WOW your customers, employees and vendors.”
—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos, and Author of Delivering Happiness
“Truly groundbreaking. Gostick and Elton take us to new heights in cultivating great teams. This book will bring you world-class results!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, Executive Coach and Author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“From the first story to the last, The Orange Revolution captivated me. Chock full of solid research, inspiring stories and practical tips on how to turn your group into a breakthrough team. Their 100 ways to bring your team together is alone worth the price of the book.
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership.
"This book captures the true essence of leadership and how leaders develop teams that make a difference and truly work.”
—GJ Hart, President & CEO, Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
“The book is a blueprint for revolutionary team performance. It is a neo-classic.”
—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group
“A rare and extraordinary business book, The Orange Revolution contains everything you need to cultivate a breakthrough team.”
—Matt Davis, CEO, Pets at Home (UK’s largest pet store chain)
"The Orange Revolution should be required reading for all people leaders wishing to unleash the power of their workforce and create an ongoing fountain of high performance.”
—David Kasiarz, Senior VP of Global Compensation and Benefits, American Express