Press Release: Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration by Judith Katz and Frederick Miller

Katie Sheehan Posted by Katie Sheehan, Senior Communications Manager, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.


Press Release: Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration by Judith Katz and Frederick Miller

Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration:
Four Keys That Change Everything

By Judith H. Katz and Frederick A. Miller

“This book is filled with wonderful common sense; alas, uncommonly practiced. Anyone who wants to improve their own communication and their team's collaboration skills cannot come away untouched.”
- Beverly Kaye, Founder and Co-CEO, Career Systems International and coauthor of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go and Love -Em or Lose -Em

“Judith and Fred share four simple but powerful keys that will help you and your colleagues knock down barriers and create a winning team. Regardless of organizational level, your team will form a lasting bond that upholds an idiom my associates and I learned long ago: No one of us is as smart as all of us.”
- Ken Blanchard, coauthor of
The One Minute Manager ® and Great Leaders Grow

Your people might be your organization’s greatest assets, but how they interact with one another shapes the quality and the quantity of their contributions. Too many neglect this basic truth and fail to create the sense of excitement, energy, and shared mission that occurs when people truly join together.

Judith Katz and Fred Miller’s concise and engaging book describes four deceptively simple behavioral guidelines that fundamentally change the way people work together:

  • Lean into Discomfort : Encourage yourself and others to move beyond comfort zones, speak up, do new things, and grow. 
  • Listen as an Ally : Work to understand and build on others’ ideas instead of sitting in judgment of them.
  • State Your Intent and Intensity : Why make them guess? Let people know how committed you are to your ideas. 
  • Share Your Street Corners : Actively seek out others’ perspectives to see all sides of the story.

Katz and Miller show exactly how to put each of these behaviors into practice and offer examples demonstrating the extraordinary impact these concepts have had in building greater trust, understanding, and collaboration. This book is for any individual or team from the shop floor to the executive suite in search of higher performance, greater collaboration, and game-changing leaps forward in speed and quality of decision making, problem solving, and the ability to create breakthroughs.

Judith H. Katz and Frederick A. Miller are executive vice president and CEO, respectively, of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (KJCG). KJCG’s clients include many Fortune 100 companies, governmental agencies, and not-for-profits. Katz and Miller are the authors of The Inclusion Breakthrough and Be BIG.

Publication date: April 2013, $18.95, paperback, 168 pages, 5 ¼" x 9 ¼", ISBN 978-1-60994-798-9