The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Code

An essential book that unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides readers with a toolkit for building a cohesive, innovative culture, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code

Details The Culture Code

TitleThe Culture Code
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Leadership, Psychology, Management

Reviews The Culture Code

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is a nonfiction book that explores how groups succeed achieving their goals. It describes the characteristics of successful groups in different fields including sports teams and corporate environments. I learned new insights on what makes people genuinely engage in organizational goals. I recommend the book to anybody in management positions or people that have to work in groups or teams. 
  • Aimee
    This book is phenomenal! Who knew that reading a book about groups of people would be so interesting?? From chapter one I was immediately hooked. I learned so much and found myself engrossed in the stories about how the Navy Seals became such an incredible group, how PIXAR has churned out so many of my favorite movies and about how for one Christmas during wartime both sides called a truce and stopped fighting. This is just the tip of the iceberg...
  • Jenn
    I was lucky enough to get a copy of this as an ARC from NetGalley - and devoured it! I'm fascinated by the subjects of leadership and teams these days, mostly because I have experienced great team leadership in the past but too infrequently. After enjoying "Turn This Ship Around" -- this seemed like a great follow-on.In the first chapter, the author describes an experiment in teamwork and collaboration -- conducted between two different groups: k...
  • Mehrsa
    Interesting stories and pretty useful advice. Some of the same successes touted by all the business books (Pixar, Google, SEALS), but some new ones too (Daniel Meyers restaurants and pilots). It's fairly obvious that we need belonging cues, but I think sometimes we forget that even in board rooms and business settings, we are still primates who would die for friends and kill enemies.
  • Cheryl
    Mr. Coyle does a great job with this book. Everyone from normal people living their daily lives like me to management and Jeff Bezos can find something useful in this book. In fact, Mr. Bezos would probably outline many of the steps and advice in this book as to how he built Amazon to the successful empire that it is today and still growing. As I was reading this book I could see practical ways that my employer could apply these principles better...
  • Jay Hennessey
    Absolutely LOVED this book! Dan Coyle does an amazing job of showing the converging validity of behaviors of the Highest Performing organizations. Organized broadly as psychological safety, vulnerability, and purpose (communication and alignment), it was fascinating to see how leaders and organizations made this happen, across a wide spectrum of organizations.I was intrigued by the variety of ways that organizations and leaders create safety and ...
  • Jane
    Why do some teams and organizations excel while others simply aren't as creative/effective/lasting? It isn't skills or intelligence, but the environment in which they work. Coyle conveys the research and shining examples of how creating a sense of true belonging, allowing for vulnerability, conveying a clear purpose, and more, creates the right space. Yes in a sense these things are old news, but Coyle gets into the specifics of what each means, ...
  • Andrew
    "Do I belong?" "Are we safe?" "Do we have a future together?"These aren't questions posed by early humans reaching out to build a community that will eventually trust and nurture its members. Answering "yes" to these questions indicates a high-performing team. Because teamwork is essentially about building a common micro-culture with ties that bind.I haven't come across a business book that puts a lump in my throat. But this one did because it is...
  • Alex
    Little practical insight beyond what's obvious. I'm surprised by high ratings here.
  • James
    A lot of business books use examples that are not varied enough or only highlight one industry. The author does a terrific job choosing illustrative examples of great teams from an incredibly broad array of industries. The public sector is left out, unfortunately, but otherwise it's great. The concepts of safety, vulnerability, and purpose really resonated with me.Overall, it's a very enjoyable read - never dry - and sticks to its core framework....
  • Laura
    This was one of the best business / behavioral psychology books I've read in a long time! The examples were incredibly engaging, and drew from a variety of industries to make their points. As I read, I kept getting new ideas for things I could change on my own team to improve results. Highly recommend this book to anyone who leads a team!
  • Casey Wheeler
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle courtesy of Net Galley and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a great deal about corporate culture and the development of teams. This ...
  • Ismail Elshareef
    Safety, Vulnerability and Purpose FTW! I loved this book. I devoured it in one sitting and will probably reread it before the end of the week. It’s a required read for all leaders of people. From CEOs to managers of one. Period. Full stop. End of story. The ideas in this book can help what I see as the colossal failure of leadership in our organizations. Failure to establish an air of safety amongst their group, show genuine vulnerability estab...
  • Alexander Bayer
    Quite interesting, once I read the introduction I was hooked. A fascinating read into groups and how they succeed
  • Dan Graser
    As a huge fan of Coyle's earlier work, "The Talent Code," I was very pleased to see this new contribution. His previous work is required reading in my studio of young saxophonists and is frequently a favorite. Where that work was more applicable to individual development, this volume is focused squarely on how small organizations, corporations, units, or groups of entrepreneurs transformed the "culture" of their organization to make it successful...
  • Cat
    Just started reading this an hour ago and It is so fascinating! I was thinking, oh, no! a sports book, but nope! It is a an all around fascinating read on groups and their dynamics! It can be applied to any group. But I have to say, I did jump ahead just to read about the English soccer fans in Portugal. Hey, those guys (soccer fans) are rabid! Lol I enjoyed this book. I thought it was interesting the way groups interact and even how buildings ar...
  • Mike
    Safety, Vulnerability, PurposeKindergarteners outperformed business school students in a building project - the business students were busy navigating status while the kids experiment and take risks. Fascinating chapter about the San Antonio Spurs and their coach Gregg Popovich. He communicates belonging cues through up close, intimate conversation; through tough feedback; and by putting basketball in its proper context. Three key messages:1. You...
  • Gary Moreau
    This is a superb book with an audacious goal – what can organizations and their leaders learn from other organizations like Zappos, Pixar, the New Zealand All-Blacks, the San Antonio Spurs, and SEAL Team Six, to name just a few? And if not quite scientific, the methodology Coyle employs is an objective and heartfelt search for pattern.I admit that I bought this book with a fair amount of skepticism. Having spent four decades attempting to lead ...
  • Warren Mcpherson
    Very good exploration of business culture.Extensive research identifies key factors that set successful groups apart. Safety, Vulnerability, and Purpose are considered most important. It turns out being smart or nice is not as important to building a team as one might guess. Stories and anecdotes are used to illustrate stand-out examples in each area.Safety refers to psychological safety or group stability. People work their best when they are no...
  • Jess Macallan
    I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was initially intrigued by the idea of what makes a group a success or failure, but I was most struck by how this book highlights the power of connection. The author divides the book into three equally important categories: Build Safety, Share Vulnerability, and Establish Purpose. At first glance, they might seem like obvious and simple concepts to some readers, or...
  • Kimberly
    Anyone in a leadership position should read this book. Yes, much of it seems like common sense but the books gives some good real life examples of what to do and how it works. It’s not about being the smartest or most intelligent. I worked for a company for 16 years that talked a lot about belonging and teaming (and tried hard) but the hierarchy at times prevented this culture to really be embraced at all levels. After reading this book I will ...
  • Cindy
    I read a lot of business books focused on culture, growth, teams and coaching to ensure I'm continually learning and expanding my tools and techniques for my coaching and consulting practice. This books explores many concepts I was familiar with but takes a much deeper dive; a dive that held my interest and enhanced my work. After a while you tend to see the same studies and stories referenced in each book so one thing I enjoyed about The Culture...
  • Brianna
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Lately, I have been reading a lot of material similar to that of this book (team building, improving school culture, etc.), but Coyle's book contained a great deal of content that I had not previously encountered. I found the book engaging and enjoyed the diversity of well-chosen examples. I don't think I could pin down any one audience for this book except to say that it is for anyo...
    Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. A book about how to build successful teams, showing what works well and what does not. It describes the common themes that run that exist in teams that thrive and the reasons why teams succeed. There are many examples describing how successful teams have been built in major and well known originations, as well as some criminal gangs! There are some surprise outcomes of comparisons between teams that g...
  • Jeanette Blain
    The Culture Code is one of the best business/group dynamics-type books I've read. Daniel Coyle gets to the heart of why human groups function well, or not, and what to do about it. The answer is in our humanity. The way humans are wired, socially, has everything to do with successful cooperation within offices, sports teams, and other groups. Meet people's needs for safety, shared vulnerability and purpose, according to Coyle, and you can transfo...
  • Rachel
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This was a great book! A very interesting approach to not only leadership, but working within a group at any level. The diversity of groups Coyle covers in the book show that the techniques laid out within the pages work for any type/size of group. Written in clear, concise language, with some mild wit sprinkled throughout, Culture Code really makes you open y...
  • Bianca Smith
    The Cultural Code looks at what makes effective teams so powerful. From NAVY SEALs to Pixar, we discover the culture needed to make magic happen. I like that it’s not just business teams referenced. There’s also a decent mix of academic research conducted in live environments. However, there’s nothing that should be new to anyone. Trust people, be human, set objective, communicate well. The first two chapters are bases on behavioral economi...
  • Joseph Santiago
    I learned new insights on what makes people genuinely engage in organizational goals. This book went into the facets of groups and the characteris that draw and motivate people to continue working in groups. So if I was creating a group to support safety, creativity, or a working group this book provides examples and insights into all of them. This was a great red and made the topic of group culture and dynamics something that was approachable an...
  • Kathy-richard Wilson
    This book makes it very clear that culture is built, it doesn't just happen, and most importantly, that culture can be successfully changed. The book easily captured my interest with the real-life examples from the many teams studied, including large corporations, sports teams, comedy troupes, and many others. Included are resources and links to learn more about the teams and the studies mentioned in the book, which are helpful. Anyone who works ...