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The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork [Book Review]

The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork

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Author: John C. Maxwell

Just like I said in my Intentional Living review, John C Maxwell always delivers as promised. This book took me a little longer to read than I had expected, but that’s honestly because of how much information Maxwell put into it. So many lists, stories about teamwork, explanations, etc. It’s awesome. No matter what kind of team you’re on or joining, this book will help you bring that team to its best. There is something for everyone on the team to learn from this book as well, whether you are the leader of the team, just a teammate, or even on the bench.

Why People Insist On Doing It Themselves

Maxwell begins the book with a list of reasons as to why so many people refuse to join a team or allow the team they’re on to do anything substantial. Take a look at the list and see if you fall into any of these categories.

  1. Ego – Too many people are so full of pride that they cannot admit to not being able to do everything themselves.
  2. Insecurity – Somewhat similar to ego, in my opinion, but sometimes people are intimidated by others and don’t want to allow them to get in the spotlight.
  3. Naivete – Often times, people underestimate the task at hand, or they are overly confident in themselves.
  4. Temperament – Some people just aren’t outgoing enough to look for a team.


Maxwell defines the catalyst on a team as someone who pushes the team to new levels when times are tough. He also gives the characteristics someone would have if they were considered to be a catalyst.

  1. Intuitive – They are able to sense things that others cannot.
  2. Communicative – They motivate the team and also keep them in line.
  3. Passionate – They are passionate about what they do and they share that with other team members.
  4. Talented – Their talent is just as strong as their passion.
  5. Creative – They are always looking for innovative ways to get things done.
  6. Initiating – They get things done when those things need to be done.
  7. Responsible – They take responsibility whenever they need to.
  8. Generous – They use whatever resources they have to help better the team.
  9. Influential – They are natural leaders and are able to show others they way.

Personal Growth

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This is the one part of the book that I can relate to the most. Maxwell explains that in order for a team to continue to grow and achieve success, each member must individually grow. This means doing whatever needs to be done in your alone time to better yourself. It could be reading when you’re home alone, shooting free throws when the gym is empty, watching helpful videos in your down time at work, etc.


The book itself is somewhat dated, published in 2001, but the ideas all still hold true today. If you are on any sort of team, and I’m sure you are, I suggest you definitely add this to your reading list so you can improve your teamwork!


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