TEACH YOUR TEAM TO FISH: Using Ancient Wisdom for Inspired Teamwork

Nelson Slade Bond, Author . Arkham $22 (423p) ISBN 978-0-87054-180-3

Jones (Jesus, CEO) has established something of a cottage industry by using Jesus and his teachings as models for creating successful ways of doing business in contemporary society. In this latest effort, she draws once again from Jesus' teachings to his disciples, asserting that he successfully taught people how to work in teams to accomplish their goals. Jesus, she writes, did not simply gather a group of rag-tag followers; he "excited them," "grounded them," "transformed them" and "released them." For example, Jones contends that Jesus taught his team the SQM method: simplify, quantify, multiply. This method allowed the disciples to get to the core of what they were called to do, to determine ways to measure the progress they made toward these goals and to ensure that each one had the ability to multiply the good of the team in every contact they made. Each meditation is brief, and questions accompany each reflection so that groups can use the book to improve teamwork. Jones closes each meditation with a prayer. Overall, her conclusions can be simplistic and her readings of Scripture questionable, particularly since the biblical disciples were most noted for their repeated failures to understand Jesus' mission. Her assertions that "Scriptures are designed to help prevent failure" and that "those who listen to God's words, and heed them, are promised prosperity and abundance..." transmit a possibly misguided and self-centered understanding of Scripture. However, Jones's following is huge, and her fans will devour this new book. (May)

Forecast:The success of Jesus, CEO has made Jones a staple in business-and-spirituality publishing, but her most recent book, Jesus, Inc., didn't have as much staying power. This new title will compete directly with John Maxwell's The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork and other strong sellers about teamwork, so it remains to be seen whether Jones can keep up with the Joneses—and with her own track record.

Reviewed on: 04/15/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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