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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code comes a book that unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow's leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture.

Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group or strengthen a culture that needs fixing?

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world's most successful organizations - including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and the US Navy's SEAL Team Six - and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust, and drive positive change.

Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what not to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture. Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a road map for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.

Culture is not something you are - it's something you do. The Culture Code puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of the group or the goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

©2018 Daniel Coyle (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"If you want to understand how successful groups work - the signals they transmit, the language they speak, the cues that foster creativity - you won't find a more essential guide than The Culture Code. This is a marvel of insight and practicality." (Charles Duhigg, New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better)
"I've been waiting years for someone to write this book - I've built it up in my mind into something extraordinary. But it is even better than I imagined. Daniel Coyle has produced a truly brilliant, mesmerizing read that demystifies the magic of great groups. It blows all other books on culture right out of the water. Read it immediately." (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take)

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Good book but not a breakthrough

What I particularly like about this book, are the rich stories and that many case studies, describing how highly successful Groups managed to become successful.

However, the principles, so called “the secrets” are highly influenced by Patrick Lencioni’s books, namely the five dysfunctions of a team, rendering its contents far from groundbreaking!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Feeling of security, candor and sense of purpose

... create cohesive environments - to make the long story short. The book contains great anecdotes about these rules.

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Fascinating, informative, and actually helpful!

If you could sum up The Culture Code in three words, what would they be?

Informative, Fascinating, Helpful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite story was that of the football and basketball coaches

What about Will Damron’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voice to listen to. Good slight variations for different people.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Pretty consistent interest

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It was great and so interesting. The only thing that I'd improve is maybe making the structure a little clearer and making it feel like less of one story after another.

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Very insightful!

This book is put together very well. The scenarios chosen to illustrate the author's findings as well as what goes into creating and optimized community are spot-on!

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sorry, not as good as I thought it would be!

so good stories ... at times, just went on and on. did like the part about Danny Meyer.

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Filled with valued information

As a past CEO of multiple start-up companies and thousands of employees, having built company cultures both domestically and internationally, I found this book to be filled with valued information.

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wanted to give this to a few friends in the office

the book has a great way of expressing what makes a culture work in a way that feels tangible and actionable. there are three F-bombs in the book that the author left in when quoting someone else. but that's the only real detractor I could think of.

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  • Lynda
  • St. Croix, VI
  • 02-09-18

I can't hear the book

What did you love best about The Culture Code?

Great beginning! great story!

What other book might you compare The Culture Code to and why?

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Would you be willing to try another one of Will Damron’s performances?

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scream happiness

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I can't hear the entire book

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  • Rob
  • NYC
  • 02-02-18

Great book! Startups and beyond

Great book to have actionable steps to build a better culture and fun easy to follow story that Engages you I didn’t put it down

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