Summary of Tribal Leadership

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Tribes naturally form within organizations. Wherever people gather to live and work, groups of between 20 and 150 members coalesce – parallel to villages within nations – and progress through five stages of development. Culture consultants David Logan and John King, writing with physician Halee Fischer-Wright, teach you how tribes and proficient tribal leadership can help you work and play well with others and bolster your career. The authors conducted extensive research on corporate tribes and interviewed many business leaders about the five-stage evolution of tribes within their organizations. Though the report seems somewhat less concrete in identifying exactly how people coalesce to form tribes, it makes for accessible reading, certainly compared to most organizational sociology. getAbstract finds that this exploration of tribes and teams can open readers’ eyes to the way people function within groups. Managers will find it revelatory, as will all those who can succeed only by working and playing well with others.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How tribes materialize within organizations,
  • How tribes develop in five stages and
  • How leaders can emerge within tribes and make these tribes better.

About the Authors

Dave Logan and John King founded CultureSync, a consulting company. Logan teaches at the University of Southern California. King lectures internationally. CultureSync partner Halee Fischer-Wright, a physician, teaches at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.



Tribes, in Stages
Tribes are factions of between 20 and 150 people that develop wherever humans gather for any purpose, including, but not limited to, business. If you own or work in a company, tribes surround you, complete with their “tribal leaders.” Most people are not aware of these...

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    It's more important recognize and identify the tribes in the company for develop and achieve new opportunities.
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    Maria Silva 3 years ago
    Great Culture to implement within your team inside of your office & the organization. If you want more you have to become more.
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    Teri Bernstein 3 years ago
    Interesting theory how organizations develop internal tribes. People do get caught in stages and they have a difficult time moving on. It's when the people that get stuck move on the organization thrives.
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    Patrick Brigger 5 years ago
    Like it a lot
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    Steve Zellers 5 years ago
    I have read the whole book and this summary does a great job capsulizing it. It's easy to see where we fall into as an organization when you see what the lines that distinguish one from another are. There is also a Bell Curve in the categories of tribes, with most operating at Stage 3 and only 22% at Stage 4. The best organizations are steady in Stage 4 with spikes to Stage 5.
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    Guest 5 years ago
    Very interesting ideas presented. Having a noble cause can be dangerous --- why do you have a noble cause? It is to prove that you are better than others? A noble cause only works if coworkers function as partners who teach one another, rather than experts telling each other what to do. Great culture to evoke within a team and organization.

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