Wake up and smell the coffee

The deconstruction of the traditional workplace hierarchy, the abandonment of performance appraisal, the impact of Millenials/generations Y and Z, all point to a substantial revival of teams and teamwork for the first time in more than 20 years. Leading companies are pushing towards a team-centric model but, for many others, team development remains ad hoc as they fail to recognise that teams hold the answers to increased effectiveness.

All teams, no matter where they reside in the organization, can be better than they are today.

All can improve. They need the strategy for teaming from the organization and they need the time to be reflective and address the issues outlined in this book.

“Wake up and smell the coffee….” has been shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2019, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School. The book has been nominated in the “Management Futures” category. Winners will be announced on May 15th 2019. https://www.managers.org.uk/management-book/shortlist-2019

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About The Author

Simon Mac Rory

Simon Mac Rory is a specialist in team development. He works with senior staff leaders to help them discover that edge to becoming a truly highperforming team. Over his 30-year career he has worked globally with a blue-chip client base in both the private and public sectors.

He founded The ODD Company in 2011 to deliver TDP (a cloud-based team development tool and methodology) to the international markets. Simon
operates the business from London with a Dublin-based development and support office.

Simon received a doctoral degree for his work on the application of generic frameworks in organizational development and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Nottingham Business School.


Today, 90% of what we do in business happens through collaborative effort. This makes teamwork an imperative for every organization. Teams have risen to the top of the agenda as organizations seek to meet the challenges of an increasingly complicated world.

Teamwork is not rocket science, and there are no magic formulas or silver bullets. The vast majority of teams have it within themselves to substantially improve their own effectiveness without outside help.

This book is for team members, team leaders and organizations. It puts the imperative of teams in context and is a call to action. It lays out the strengths, weaknesses and challenges for the basic team types, and provides a guide for leaders and members on how to drive team effectiveness for themselves.

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The Testimonials

Dr Meredith Belbin Founder and Partner, Belbin Associates

“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee sounds like and is a stimulating introduction to the importance of teamwork. The subject smells enticing with exercises and suggestions much adding to the attraction.”

Flo Panel-Coates Chief Nurse, University College London Hospitals

“You do not need to be a lover of coffee to love Simon Mac Rory’s Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. Simon captures the importance of teamwork and the role organisations must play to create the optimal environment and culture for teams... and individuals to thrive in! A must read. ”

Neil Ratcliffe Director, Global People Team, McDonalds Restaurants Ltd

“A no-nonsense, practical, go-to reference guide on the essentials of creating the team-based organization of the future.”

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