Building X-Teams

Podcast with Deborah Ancona of the MIT Sloan School of Management

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A conversation with the author of X-Teams at the NeuroLeadership Summit in Boston

Welcome to a special Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton reporting from the 2010 NeuroLeadership Summit in Boston. Joining me today is Deborah Ancona, the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Faculty Director of the MIT Leadership Center. Deborah's pioneering 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 published by Harvard Business School Press.


Deborah received her BA and MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in management from Columbia University. She has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to premier companies such as AT&T, BP,Credit Suisse First Boston, HP, Merrill Lynch, Newscorp, and Vale.

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. She is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post "On Leadership" column.

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