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  • Comprehensive
  • Well Structured
  • Concrete Examples


You can easily spot the results of a strong group culture. The Pixar movie studio produces hit after hit, the San Antonio Spurs win five NBA championships under coach Gregg Popovich and restaurateur Danny Meyer consistently beats the odds by having launched 24 successful restaurants since 1985. US Navy SEAL teams operate in fluid unison on the most daring and dangerous missions. Best-selling author Daniel Coyle believes that forming the bedrock of a strong team culture requires having the specific skills to “build safety,” “share vulnerability” and “establish purpose.” Coyle devoted four years to cracking the conundrum of what makes a culture great by taking a deep dive inside some of the world’s most successful groups. He brings his ideas alive with an abundance of stories and real-world examples, making the book eminently readable. getAbstract finds that business leaders and students will gain useful, applicable insights about team-building and corporate culture from Coyle’s report.

About the Author

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent and – with Tyler Hamilton – The Secret Race.


He cites the SEALs and other high-performance groups to explain how their skills build unity and collaboration, proficiencies every organization wants to develop. Coyle writes in an engaging, accessible voice that only occasionally descends into gee-whiz boosterism. His admiration for the organizations he cites might blind him slightly to the larger implications of, for example, the missions pursued by the SEALs and Google.

But Coyle seeks to understand glue and inspiration. And he does a remarkable job. Large companies, two-person partnerships and all organizations in between can benefit from reading, learning and applying the techniques Coyle discovers and details.

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    C. M. 1 year ago
    Great book! Easy to digest, very practical and inspiring.
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    S. V. 2 years ago
    Currently reading this book. One of the best I have read about creating great teams and fostering psychological safety.