X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed
Seley Distinguished Professor of
MIT Sloan School of
Faculty Director of the
MIT Leadership Center.
"Good teams fail
all the time, and it’s not because they are inadequate or
lack the talent or knowledge to do the job. It’s because
they follow the classic team approach of focusing
Ancona, Associations Now, June 2007
hyper-competitive business environment success and perhaps
survival depend on innovation, speed, and organizational
synergies that efficiently satisfy customer needs.
Traditional teams are often not up to this challenge.
Ancona will present a new model of teams, the X-team, that
illustrates how teams can become engines of innovation and
execution. Challenging the dominant wisdom that successful
teams focus on internal dynamics, Ancona builds on twenty
years of research to show that when teams teams make
external activity a top priority performance takes off. She
will draw on examples from BP, Microsoft, Newscorp, and HP.
this 90 minute session, you will learn how to:
the attributes of high-performing, innovative teams
start X-teams in your company
teams that are a vehicle for leadership development
infrastructure of innovation in your organization
It is especially
recommended for VPs and Managers of New Product Development,
Innovation, R&D, Marketing, Licensing, and OI/Partnering.
Teams are welcome to listen together on one line for the
just put it on speakerphone!
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About the Session Leader
Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Deborah Ancona is the Seley
Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan
School of Management, and Faculty Director of the MIT
Leadership Center. She has served as a consultant on
leadership and innovation to premier companies such as AT&T,
BP, Vale, Merrill Lynch, and Newscorp.
research into how successful teams operate has highlighted
the critical importance of “managing outside the team’s
boundary as well as inside it.” This research has led
directly to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving
innovation within large organizations. Her book, “x-teams:
how to build teams that lead, innovate, and succeed” was
published by Harvard Business School Press in June, 2007.
Deborah’s work has also
focused on the concept of “distributed leadership,” and the
development of research-based tools, practices, and
teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster
creative leadership at every level. This work was
highlighted in a recent article in the Harvard Business
Review, “In Praise of the Incomplete Leader,” February,
In addition to X-Teams,
Deborah’s studies of team performance have also been
published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the
Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and
the Sloan Management Review. Her previous book,
Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and
Processes (South-Western College Publishing, 1999, 2005)
centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s
diverse and changing organization.
Deborah received her BA and
MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her
Ph.D. in management from Columbia University.
This AudioSession is not currently
scheduled. If you would like us to offer a repeat session in the
future, please fill out our
Topic Request Form
August 6, 2008
Unlimited attendance per phone connection
How To Register:
Online Registration Form
You will receive:
confirmation of your registration and dial-in instructions
Softcopy of presentation slides
emailed to your office prior to session
questions answered by an expert - both during the session (live)
and after (by email)
Everyone who signs up for this session
will receive a complimentary copy of Deborah Ancona's Book,