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  • The Culture Code

  • The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
  • Written by: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (553 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

The author of The Talent Code unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow’s leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture.

Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg and Library Journal

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 the US Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the 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. 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 roadmap 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 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.

©2018 Daniel Coyle (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"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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Interesting insights

Interesting insights into some highly successful groups. What works, and what doesn’t. Good stuff!
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Good narration, but the content is not original

The narration was good and appreciable.
But the content was like another sucess book on how to do good teams with examples. The content repeat a lot what other say : listen to others, learn from failure, work on team relation and optimize work place with specific goals... Not original but still relevant. They give tips on how to apply it, more or less explicit. The beginning make us think it would be social research, but its seem more personal improvment in team management advice, and i feel a bit deceived by that.

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Awesome book

Highly recommend this book. Great for business, the public sector, and family too.

Narrator was excellent.

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No bad, but not memorable.

Worth a listen if you're new to organizational leadership, or aspire to it. If you're a long-time student of leadership you may not find much that's new.

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I really liked this book

I bought this book as part of the business book club I had joined. I didn’t think it would apply to me as I run a solo business, but I found the book so interesting and really enjoyed the listen. There is a wide variety of well presented stories and examples to illustrate different cultures of organizations, why they work the way the do, why they may not work. It was clearly narrated and easy to listen to. I highly recommend this book, either for gaining insight into dealing with groups of people, or just for an entertaining and educational book to listen to.

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  • Amy
  • 2021-10-19

Fantastic

I love this book. its super interesting and a great way to understand how great teams navigate. I would highly recommend it.

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Lecture obligatoire pour tous

Comprendre enfin les deux grands systèmes de communication et d’interactions tant dans les milieux de travail que familiaux . Le système de coopération (esprit de corps) et le système autoritaire protectionniste. Confiance mutuelle dans le leadership souple (le leader disparaît et tous savent quoi faire) interdépendance; relations sans coût
méfiance des uns des autres sous l’autorité du sauveur protecteur (la tête disparaît et les pieds ne savent plus bouger et vice versa) dépendance ou indépendance ; relations energivores

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A fantastic Read!

This was such a good book to learn about how to proactively work towards developing a successful groups. If you want to find out what creates great culture in your business, church, or charitable organization, this is the book for you.

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Daniel's writing and insight has made an impact

I read the Talent code years ago. Love them both. Great insight. Large problems with simple solutions.
This was my first audio book. I miss being able to highlight and refer back but the content and ease is great.

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Eye Opener!

As a person that helps organizations better lead their people into bright futures, the Culture Code was a wealth of knowledge and tools that Have use to help leaders across Canada and the USA. Easy read and listen. Really helped me and has helped others as well. Thank you

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  • Kimberly
  • 2018-03-04

Anyone in a leadership position should read this

What did you love best about The Culture Code?

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 take away a few things to actively push myself in business and personal interactions: 1) being vulnerable to breakdown insecurities in groups thus creating a vulnerability loop, 2) being mentally and physically present remembering the Allen Curve communication theory giving way to the belief the farther apart you are physically the more distance you create in effective communication, 3) using constant individualized belonging cues/signals 4) practice more active listening. Reading this book gave me some food for thought and things to practice (...and practice again) as to how I want to connect/interconnect as a leader, team member and not immediately want to take an authoritative approach. I will probably revisit this book in the future.

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  • Rahman Touman
  • 2018-02-02

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!

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  • R. DeCrescenzo
  • 2018-05-01

Most important book I have listened to.

This book is changing the way I see the world and how I am interacting with my team. Profound insights on how to build a high performance team. Listen to it and you will see.

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  • J. R. Dembeck
  • 2018-08-10

Best book you’ll read as leader and follower

Incredible book that will open your eyes to the millions of potential collisions that ignite innovation, belonging, and a culture of safety we all long to lead and be a member of. Pairs well with Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last and Warren Bennis’ Organizing Genius.

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  • Bulwark
  • 2019-03-27

Amazing Book, Great Read, but... [SPOILER ALERT]

For team and culture building, this is a MUST HAVE text.

Absolutely loved this book for the stories upon stories used to teach the importance of culture. The content moves right along and is easy to digest. And there are so many amazing "ahaha", 'wow", and "that is interesting" moments. I truly loved every minute of this book, except for the fact that it ended too fast!

It ended, with nothing more than supporting evidence of how culture matters and is built by:
1- Belonging Cues
2- "Am I safe?" (Are we safe?)
3- "Do we have a future?"

So I get that belonging cues will help foster a positive culture, but what next? In a business sense, what are the real world implications of balancing security with a position and termination because the future with your current attitude looks bleak?

Get it. Learn about Belonging Cues. Pass it along. And understand to diagnosis and build company culture you will need a few other textbooks.

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  • Melissa
  • 2018-07-26

Excellent book

I loved how the author weaves together stories from many different teams and leaders. This was an adventure that never got boring. This is on my list to re-read again.

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  • Matt Santay
  • 2018-07-23

Best Book Read in 5 Years

This book is absolutely incredible. It's easily the best book I've read in 5 years.

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  • Thomas Hess
  • 2019-11-16

Top notch!

This book is the missing link between the extreme ownership and above the line thinking. Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-09

Great Concepts, but hard to listen to.

the book provides great info but is a bit hard to follow due it the way the lessons and stories are structured. In couple of chapters the book jumps from one concept and story to the next, midway through the chapter.

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  • Cris Rogers
  • 2018-04-16

Shockingly simple; Coyle delivers excellence

What did you love best about The Culture Code?

Like Joseph Campbell defined the mono-myth, Daniel Coyle delivers with a cyclorama of examples outlining the same concepts in different costumes. The examples are diverse, the stories are compelling and the emotional pitch is spot on. Will Damron also nailed the delivery and the performance was great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A; a toss-up between the Navy Seal interviewee and Coach Popovich.

What about Will Damron’s performance did you like?

His diverse delivery of various interviewees and the hesitant, the brash and downright bullhorn delivery of some of the examples. "Futty's backcheck".

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Spurs crusher and the J&J crisis.

Any additional comments?

You must listen if you want to understand what a great culture is and what you can do to make a great culture. The challenge will be convincing people that the simple changes are enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-15

okay

talent code was better but not bad to see how groupe can help to get better

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  • Fred
  • 2021-03-17

Très bien mais

Le livre est très bien mais hélas il y a bcp de longueurs et répétitions