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Summary

What do Pixar, Google and the San Antonio Spurs basketball team have in common? The answer is that they all owe their extraordinary success to their team-building skills.

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code, goes inside some of the most effective organisations in the world and reveals their secrets. He not only explains what makes such groups tick but also identifies the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He examines the verbal and physical cues that bring people together. He determines specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust. And he offers cautionary tales of toxic cultures and advises how to reform them, above all demonstrating the extraordinary achievements that result when we know how to cooperate effectively.  

Combining cutting-edge science, on-the-ground insight and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code is a groundbreaking exploration of how the best groups operate that will change the way we think and work together.

©2018 Daniel Coyle (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Starts well... then goes downhill rapidly

This book was very disappointing. The content starts strongly with new information and then quickly descends into a rehash of examples much used in other books. I took notes in the first chapter, but learned nothing new after that.

Also the narrator is not strong. To differentiate speakers, he uses various voices. Many of them simply give the impression that the person being quoted is a little slow, but the regional accents, particularly the British ones are cringeworthy.

I'll be returning this book. if you're interested in group culture there are many better books than this

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  • 26-11-18

Some useful guidance but a bit diluted

Had some really useful observations and guidance in there, but I found that these were diluted by other content, so at the end it was hard to think what key takeaways I had gained from it.
Would have helped to have these summarised at the end of each chapter then again at the end of the book.

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Actionable advice on how to build great teams

A must-read for anyone interested in building highly-successful teams and happy, healthy cultures. The author spent four years researching teams to better understand what makes great groups work - from professional basketball teams, to comedy troupes, from Pixar to the SEALs. The book is packed full of fascinating insights and stories, but you walk away with actionable advice and three simple rules:

1. Build safety
2. Share vulnerability
3. Establish purpose

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OK-ish but pretty basic

It's a shallow (but occasionally interesting) collection of stories about what things make a group more effective. Doesn't go into any depth and there is no actual 'real life' value that can be gained from it. Could easily have be a two page article with no relavent information lost.

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So much good stuff in here

This book analyses and explains "culture" in ways that make it easy to understand that wether you're a platoon fighting in WW1 or in a modern startup in 2020 then culture as a concept is essentially the same thing.

Really good learnings.

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insightful and engaging

While the material was really insightful, the audio reading was the most engaging of any audio book I have listened too.

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Fantastic listen/read!

Great insight into all kinds of cultures, social & professional.
Highly recommended, already looking forward to re-listening.

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excellent insights on culture and teamwork

I wasn't sure if this would still be relevant in a wfh world but I am so glad I took the time to listen to this fantastic book.
filled with great insights that help you see what culture really is.
it's inspired me.

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interesting but no applicable advice

Interesting description of exceptionally functioning teams. It starts brilliant but becomes a bit boring at the end.
Little advice you can concretely apply in your day to day life as their success is clearly related to exceptional leaders. You are either one of them or you are not.
Luckily, it doesn't exceed on the preaching tone, like many American books on leadership.

On a final note, the book don't say anything about successful groups working remotely. Not an author's fault though. As a pre-pandemic writing it could not be aware of the new normal.

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amazing change of perspective for colab working

Great book with some incredible analogies that can be taken into the real world. certainly made me realise why so many of my previous bosses were unable to create a successful collaborative company and culture.

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  • 08-03-22

Awesome Listen

Loved the story so much that I went out to by the book to reference back. Awesome how he doesn't only look at high performing business teams, but all high performers.

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  • 30-12-21

Third time listening. many good points and quotes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I listened to it three times, and keep writing down, googling and adding notes to how I want to shape my culture where I am.

I aspire to follow what I've learnt here.

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  • 04-12-20

Highly Informative

The content is read with variety and draws the listener in. Very relevant and actionable.

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  • Deeleea
  • 04-02-20

Great content awkwardly delivered.

I ended up buying the book on Kondle because I really think it’s useful to have access to keep coming back to. But the whole production was flawed while the narrator insisted on employing voices for the characters the author had worked with in the research it was uncomfortable and a needless distraction from the content.

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  • 03-06-19

Great content, boring narrator

The content is really great! I wish they would have used a different narrator though

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  • Quinton Weenink
  • 28-05-19

How I wish I had read this book earlier...

I wish I had read this book earlier in my career. It is shocking how I can identify with the examples provided. Seeing how bad culture negatively effects talented teams and good culture can make an otherwise unremarkable team remarkable.

Ideas that you would never have imagined coming out if teams that you least expected. Culture and belonging are crucial to creativity, and in my opinion, running a successful team.

This is very well written and researched book with compelling interviews from some of the best cultural hackers of our age.

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  • 23-12-18

Not impressed

Yes, culture trump everything else, the stories seems ok but the narration made it a bit boring for me. The audio book is a bit lengthy though.