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Fall Winter 1977 Exchange

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Some Choice Words on Coaching and Team Work Organizational Behavior Professor William G. Dyer's new book, Team Building: Issues and Alternatives, has been published as part of the well-known Addison-Wesley series on organizational development. Editors of the successful series describe Dyer's book as the first in the field to deal explicitly with "team building" and the appropriate use •of groups as a major part of organizational change programs. The book emphasizes that modern managers, meeting the demands of increasingly complex organizations have had to learn to solve problems collectively. This necessitates that the modern manager be a "coach, a facilitator, a developer, a team builder." Dyer's book is written for the manager and the consultant who want to know how to design and implement a team development program. "Team development is not a one-shot activity or a panacea for organizational problems, '' explains the BYU professor." Rather, it is a long-range program for uniting people into shared efforts for improving the effectiveness of a working group." Several chapters offer alternative formats for dealing with diverse problems that face work groups. Assessing organizational needs for team development and identifying problems are discussed as necessary prerequisites to implementing a team development program specifically tailored to unique needs and problems. "Team development does not mean managing by committee, where no one is in charge and all actions must be decided by all. A team is a unified, cohesive group of people who have special functions, but each person needs the resources and support of others to get the job done. Team effort will continue as long as humans must rely on others to achieve results." In addition to his teaching and extensive research at BYU, Dyer is a private consultant to such companies as Standard Oil of Indiana, General Foods, and Exxon. He has also written Modern Theory and Method in Group Training, The Sensitive Manipulator, Insight to Impact: Strategies for Interpersonal and Organizational Change, and Creating Closer Families. William G. Dyer Prognosis for Health Care Dale Wright, assistant professor of Public Administration, is currently serving a four-year appointment as a member of the National Advisory Council for Health Professions Education. The council presents recommendations to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. On the council Wright represents health-care administration and deals with such concerns as long-range health-care planning and hospital administration. The members of the council represents various professions pertaining to medical care, such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc. One of the projects that Wright is studying is the serious financial troubles of U.S. medical and dental schools. Many of these schools approach the federal government for grants that enable them merely to maintain their operations. Wright and other members of the council meet with officials of such schools to help them improve their management procedures and assist them in getting back on their financial feet. In addition, Wright is working on the problem of foreign medical school graduates who apply for admission to schools in the United States. Prior to his service on the council, Wright worked in the U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C. supervising the evaluation of emergency medical services. EXCHANGE FALL/WINTER 1977 13

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