Build a Dream Team

Last Updated Aug 2, 2010 2:09 PM EDT

Have a new product to get to prototype in six months? Need to crash through a systems rebuild? Whether it's R&D, accounting, or IT, managers must constantly assemble top-flight teams of people for complex and crucial tasks. Which is a crucial and often difficult chore itself: Building a great team means not just choosing the right combination of skill sets, but juggling the right mix of personalities.

Our Crash Course will help you assemble the right combination of people to help you meet your team's goals. To understand what personality types work best for different tasks, check out our guide to typical team members, with tips on how you can channel the creative spirit in each. And for inspiration, read about how these four groups of people overcame common obstacles to create some of the biggest breakthroughs in business history.