Unbreakable: Building and Leading Resilient Teams
An essential guide for managers and leaders on building resilient teams in turbulent times.
As a result of global economic changes, new technologies, and increased competition, business environments are becoming increasingly turbulent and unpredictable, requiring new forms of resilient work teams.
Due in part to the increasing complexity of business environments, more and more organizations worldwide are using teams of employees to respond to adversity. Whether it be new product development teams; business crisis response teams in companies; front line response teams such as fire, emergency medical technicians, or emergency room teams; research and development teams; or pharmaceutical development teams, employees can no longer rely on their own knowledge, skills, and abilities to get their work done. Rather, employees have to work collaboratively with one another and combine their expertise to achieve the synergy and breakthrough thinking that is necessary to be successful at completing complex tasks in today’s dynamic environments.
Today more than ever before, work teams must demonstrate resilience. In the face of volatile, complex, and ambiguous business environments, all teams inevitably suffer setbacks. Bradley L. Kirkman and Adam C. Stoverink provide in their new book the hands-on practical tips for building and leading resilient teams equipped to bounce back from those challenges. They highlight four team resources that are essential to any resilient team, including: team confidence, teamwork roadmaps, capacity to improvise, and psychological safety. These four resources are brought to life through compelling stories of teams that performed well in the face of adversity―and a few that didn’t. They also provide leaders with step-by-step guidance for how to grow these resources in their own teams, whether they’re in-person, remote, or hybrid. This book delivers all the tools necessary to build and lead resilient teams that are virtually unbreakable.
Bradley L. Kirkman is the General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership in the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on leadership, international management, remote/hybrid teams, and work team leadership and empowerment. In 2022, he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Management. In 2019, he was elected as a member of the Society for Organizational Behavior. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. He has conducted research, presented papers, and taught in several countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Dubai (UAE), England, Finland, France, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States.
Dr. Adam Stoverink is the author of Unbreakable: Building and Leading Resilient Teams, published by Stanford University Press and named the #1 team leadership book to read in 2023 by Forbes.
Dr. Stoverink is also the Director of Walton MBA Programs and Associate Professor of Management in the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, an MBA from the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.