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The Culture Code

The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Written by: Daniel Coyle
Narrated by: Alex McMorran
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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nice read

loved it. Author has touched on the right aspects of culture in an organization. Must read for leaders and coaches

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  • TA
  • 24-04-19

Great concepts and well articulated.

Great concepts, well narrated. If towards the end there is a summary of the concepts and learnings that will be great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.

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  • Liz Scully
  • 04-12-18

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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  • Catherine Green
  • 16-01-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-19

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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  • LC
  • 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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  • Geoff Rellis
  • 02-11-19

A different metric for success

For some time now I have been working on developing my business. Better structure in operations, new sales process etc. Although these things are very important in a business, this book made me realise that one of the main reasons for success that I've had in my business is in the culture of my business. Understanding this now will help me continue to do this and hopefully better as I grow my company.

Many thanks for a great story.

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  • J. P. Walters
  • 08-09-19

Leading a group of dynamic people... read this!

For a while now i have been thinking how out-dated authoritative leadership seems ineffective yet still lurks around in organisations that labelled themselves "progressive". This book offers real progressive and applicable examples of how to build trust with a group of people and having everyone on the same page. I have only used a few techniques mentioned in this book and I have already noticed a different within the small team of people I lead. less talking, more listening; less directives, more team ideas to solve a problem; less protect my ego, more displaying genuine vulnerability. Thank you Daniel Coyle for another ground-breaking book (can't stop listening to Talent Code).

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  • Jasmine
  • 14-08-19

Really great read!

So many good points. I plan on buying the book so I can highlight and make notes!

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  • claire2848
  • 31-07-19

Essential reading for anyone interested in Culture

Really good book with great little stories which act as reminders for the lessons learnt in the book.

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  • Steven
  • 07-06-19

A practical guide to building an effective culture

The book helps you recognise the need to blend proficency and creativity inside your organisation, and offers practical ideas to help.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-19

genius

brilliant approach explaining and demonstrating what really work in successful cultures, how and why. Thanks.

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  • John F, Brisbane
  • 25-09-18

Great book. Well worth it.

Excellent up to date book, well researched and well read. Good 21st Century thinking. I really like this book and thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Matthew Woolaston
  • 06-01-19

Well constructed with lots of interesting insights

This book reaffirmed a lot of what I had picked up from other books in this genre, but also introduced some new concepts/ thinking.

It was an enjoyable listen. I appreciated that the author didn't spend too long on each new idea and also included plenty of examples from the real world.

I'd recommend this book to others and will also be returning to it for multiple read throughs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-19

Superb book for leaders, aspiring leaders

Fantastic book perfect for leaders, aspiring leaders, researchers in the field of peak and organisational performance who are looking for a book that has fascinating stories with applicability to settings across the globe. Great book Daniel.

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  • craig bruce
  • 26-11-18

Narrator was annoying

The terrible attempts at accents and different voices drove me crazy. Just read it straight!

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  • winston
  • 13-11-18

2+2 =10

excellent insights into how any why teams can product more than the sum of their part.

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  • B. Rushworth
  • 22-09-19

Bland recap of the topic

Good coverage of the topic but presented in a way that makes it a bit boring to be honest. There are better books out there. Lacking passion and a personal perspective.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 16-09-19

just read the lines....

great content but hard to listen to attempts of creating different characters voices. thoughout the book

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  • Muhammad Salman Ehsan
  • 20-04-19

See beneth the surface

The book helped me see new dimension of success. Now i know the deciding factor between Zappos and non Zappos businessses.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-18

A powerful book, a privilege to hear

so full of good stuff, it doesn't fail to deliver. Thank you for the Epilogue!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

Really enjoyed this book

This book contained a lot of information on various aspects of group culture - what makes group dynamics work & what's missing when poor culture reigns. Some really good strategies to consider for individuals, managers & teams.