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The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
The Culture Code
By Daniel Coyle
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 your group or your goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together. Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations — including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs — 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.
Pushparaj Susairaj
Pushparaj Susairaj, training consultant, Afilias Corp.
By Peter Block
This book examines what makes communities successful. It’s written from the perspective of civic responsibility, but its core messages apply to companies. As a learning designer and company culture consultant, one of the biggest opportunities I see within my client organizations is to find new and unique ways to foster belonging and collaboration, which is why I sought out Block’s work. My biggest takeaway from his writings is this: Communities that thrive are ones that don’t look for people’s deficiencies but their gifts. In communal transformation, valuing what we do have versus what we don’t leads to more opportunities for future change.
Alida Miranda - Wolff
Alida Miranda-Wolff, co-founder and CEO, Ethos
Dare to Lead
By Brené Brown
To be the best leader possible, you need to understand where your own personal values are rooted before you can effectively coach and lead teams. In this book, Brown provides the coaching and teaching tools, as well as personal aides, to help readers uncover their strengths and motivators to become better and more effective leaders. She’s also a researcher, so all her teachings are grounded in data.
Terri Herrmann

—Terri Herrmann, vice president of marketing, Montage

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
By Daniel H. Pink
I think many of us grew up hearing “timing is everything.” This resonates with me still today, which is why I was interested in diving into this book. Pink offers a fascinating take on how critical it is to pay attention to timing and schedules. As a leader at Fierce Conversations, I am very interested in “how” and “when” conversations take place and how these two factors really do make a difference in outcomes. I’m paying more attention now.
Stacey Engle
Stacey Engle, president, Fierce Conversations

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