July 5, 2001

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team by John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson Publisher, 250 Pages, $24.99 Hardcover, July 2001, ISBN 0785274340 Certain publishers generally publish a certain kind of book. Thomas Nelson, Inc. publishes, produces, and distributes books emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family value themes, and believes it is the largest commercial publisher of the Bible in English language translations. So you can imagine my surprise when, about 2 years ago, we started to frequently sell a title of theirs by John Maxwell, called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. One of our clients began ordering 50 copies one month, then 100 copies, then back to 50. Slowly, other clients picked up on this book and we ultimately sold enough copies to put the book on our bestseller list. Last month at the booksellers convention, I was excited to learn that John Maxwell has continued his look at the world of business. This time, he looks at teamwork. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork turns out to be a very good primer and provides stories of successful implementations of the process. The book is filled with quotes from LBJ to Mother Theresa about teamwork. But, if you are looking for a book to use to implement the process of teamwork, this isnt for you (try Peter Scholtes brilliant implementation book called The Team Handbook, 2nd Ed). Instead, this book is an easy-to-read look at what teamwork is all about and it will keep you focused and enthusiastic about your own teamwork success.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.