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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Vanrad H.
  • 30-01-20

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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  • 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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  • Iain Moffat
  • 06-07-20

Great insights

Great insights on the drivers behind great culture, and helps make sense of some of the instincts we all have.

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  • 04-06-20

Superb

Amazing content with excellent narration.

The voice acting really brought the book to life.

Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

This was a very powerful read.

Loved it. So many examples of team work and how great teams work. Definitely worth reading

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  • SugarJay
  • 14-02-20

Will read again and again.

It is a must read for anyone looking to learn about how a culture of a company can impact on it.

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  • Mr. J. V. George
  • 28-01-20

Great<br />

Interesting narrative and was well explained. I enjoyed this book and provided useful tips to apply in teams I manage.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • winston
  • 13-11-18

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-20

good read on culture

it was a good summary but didn't radically change or challenge my thinking toward culture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-19

What people should read before they get to lead.

Important messages here within interesting stories. I feel like it could do with a companion guide to help managers understand the important concepts better so they themselves might bring these ideas to life. Good stuff.

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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.