Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Secrets of Teamwork

Thomas Edison's great grandniece has penned Midnight Lunch, a 300-page book that reveals the inventor's four-faceted approach to teamwork.
  • Edison built teams from diverse disciplines. The team that invented the lightbulb included chemists, mathmeticians and glassblowers.
  • The inventor learned from his mistakes. After state and local governments rejected his electronic vote recorder, Edison decided to focus exclusively on consumer products.
  • Edison's vision kept the teams on track. When team members floundered or disagreed, the boss quickly intervened, deciding the course.
  • Edison changed direction with the market. Other inventors of the day ignored the fact that consumers wanted products powered by electricityand failed.
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