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Self-Directed Work Teams

By Harry K. Jones

During the past few years, we have been indeed fortunate to have been able to collaborate with a number of valued clients as they implemented Self-Directed Work Teams. It has certainly been both educational and rewarding.

While many organizations are making great inroads with this revolutionary approach to leadership and productivity, many others are searching for definition. Fortune magazine calls them "the productivity breakthrough of the 90s." Tom Peters calls them a "basic organizational building block."

Why are self-directed teams getting so much attention. Because they work! They've passed the test of time and have become the management structure for many of today's most successful companies.

  • When Ingersoll-Rand's Stryker Group implemented the self-directed team system, they cut production time for a new power tool by 75 percent.
  • Case handling time went from 27 to two days at Shenandoah Life Insurance with service complaints "practically eliminated."
  • American Transtech reduced costs and processing time by 50%.

Leaders in every industry have found that to remain competitive means tapping into the vast, underutilized resource of knowledge within their workforces. Self-directed work teams are the most advanced form of empowerment and competitive organizations across the nation are using them aggressively with great results. We certainly look forward to partnering with more of our clients to implement this most powerful strategic tool.

Publication Date: Spring 1995

motivational speaker Harry K. JonesHarry K. Jones is a motivational speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a company of professional speakers who provide custom-designed seminars, keynote presentations, and consulting services.

Harry's top requested topics include change management, customer service, creativity, employee retention, goal setting, leadership, stress management, teamwork, and time management

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