Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The Imperative of Teams

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
216 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2018
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Author Biography

Simon Mac Rory is a team development specialist. He works with senior leaders to help them discover that edge to become truly high performing. He founded The ODD Company in 2011 to deliver TDP (a cloud-based team development tool and methodology) to the international markets. Simon operates from London with a Dublin-based support office. Simon received his doctoral degree for his work on the application of generic frameworks in organization development and is a visiting research fellow at NBS. His recent book “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: The Imperative of Teams” was published in June in London, in New York in September, and translated versions will be released in Russia and mainland China in late 2018.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: The Imperative of Teams is a work of business writing by author Simon Mac Rory. Written with a view towards improving effectiveness in any business workplace, the book focuses on the Team Diagnostic Profiler method which the author has worked on through many years of research. The suggestion is made that implementation of the TDP method improves existing team-centric strategies whilst also giving guidance on deliberate implementation for businesses where the development of teams has previously been a case of convenience or accident. As well as this, the author offers anecdotes from personal experiences to illustrate how and why the strategies are needed.

I found it particularly interesting to read a business book that wasn’t all about higher management, but one that really focuses on improving relations between individuals for a larger, overall improvement to the group and therefore the company as a whole. Simon Mac Rory writes with clarity and great direction, but there are snippets of personality to lighten the whole read without distracting from it. The chapters in Wake Up and Smell the Coffee are well organized and follow logically, and even though I don’t work in team leadership or the corporate world, even I could see the clear benefits and would have been able to implement the TDP model as it was described. Overall, I’d say that Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: The Imperative of Teams is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who has the power to organize and inspire others in their day to day life.