The ultimate handbook for fostering and cultivating a strong team culture, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code and The Talent Code.
“If you are a leader—or if you work with one—and want to understand how to build psychological safety, trust, and a sense of purpose for your team, then you need this book.”—Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit
Building a team has never been harder than it is right now. How do you create connection and trust? How do you stay focused on your goals? In his years studying the ways successful groups work together, Daniel Coyle has spent time with elite teams around the world, observing the ways they support each other, manage conflict, and move toward a common goal. In The Culture Playbook, he distills everything he has learned into sixty concrete, actionable tips and exercises that will help your team build a cohesive, positive culture.
Great cultures, Coyle has found, are built on three essential skills: safety, vulnerability, and purpose. Within this framework, he shows us how we can better serve our teammates, ourselves, and our shared purpose, including:
• scheduling regular team “tune-ups” to place an explicit spotlight on the team’s inner workings and create conversations that surface and improve team dynamics • creating spaces for remote coworkers to connect with their colleagues to foster a team spirit even across distances • holding an anxiety party to serve as a pressure-relief valve, as well as a platform for people to connect and solve problems together
With reflections, exercises, and practical tips that will prove invaluable to companies, athletes, and families alike, and replete with black-and-white illustrations, The Culture Playbook is an indispensable guide to ensuring that your team performs at its best.
About the Author
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race, Lance Armstrong’s War, and Hardball: A Season in the Projects. Coyle, who works as an advisor to the Cleveland Guardians, lives in Cleveland, Ohio, during the school year and in Homer, Alaska, during the summer with his wife, Jen, and their four children.
“As an entrepreneur and founder of a new investment bank led by women, I found The Culture Playbook to be an invaluable asset, providing tools and techniques as I work to unleash my team’s full power and potential in an ever-evolving workplace. Daniel Coyle has given us all a game plan for success.”—Anne Clarke Wolff, CEO and founder of Independence Point Advisors
“‘Your Culture = Your Actions.’ With that simple phrase, Dan Coyle nails the most important and elusive element of building great cultures, and then delivers concrete actions you can take—today—to ensure that you’re building an amazing culture every day.”—Laszlo Bock
“The Culture Playbook offers an integrated set of simple, powerful exercises for anyone serious about creating a culture where people can thrive and do their best work. Refreshingly practical, this is really a workbook with a playful bent, and taking it seriously will help any group succeed.”—Amy C. Edmondson, professor, Harvard Business School