I’m sifting through books I’ve bought for my MSc, sorting the ones I’ll keep from the ones I’ll resell on Amazon. One of the keepers was part of my Change Management module, and is a book by Goffee and Jones and called The Character of a Corporation.
It’s about the glue that holds teams together – is it friendship, or is it vision? Goffee and Jones consider it’s a combination of both. For some teams, departments and even companies what holds them together is sociability: friendship, chit-chat, and helping out because you know and like the person who asked and they’ve helped you out in the past. Other teams, departments, companies are glued together by a shared focus on goals and objectives, on hitting deadlines and targets, on getting the job done. Goffee and Jones call this solidarity.
I’ve worked on every kind of team they mention, on “Networked” teams, “Mercenary” ones, a couple of “Communal” ones and the odd “Fragmented” team that isn’t really a team at all, so the book was full of “ahah” moments from start to finish. It explained how some of my previous bosses thought, not to mention the odd colleague. The very odd colleague, in some cases.
It’s got a good academic pedigree, but it’s an easy read. What more could a girlie-swot want from a book? Definitely a keeper.