The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

I finished the fifth and last book on February’s reading list when I completed Daniel Coyle’s, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.

If building culture is on your radar, put this book on your list.

Favorite quotes:

“We presume skilled individuals will combine to produce skilled performance in the same way we presume two plus two will combine to produce four. … We focus on what we can see, individual skills. But individual skills are not what matters. What matters is the interaction.”

“Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It’s not something you are. It’s something you do.”

3 skills for building highly successful groups:

#1. Build safety.

Great group chemistry isn’t luck; it’s about sending super-clear, continuous signals: we share a future, you have a voice.

#2. Share vulnerability.

Strong cultures don’t hide their weaknesses; they make a habit of sharing them, so they can improve together.

  1. Leaders go first when it comes to vulnerability.
  2. Do the hard stuff in person. Don’t have tough conversation over email.

#3. Establish purpose: tell your story.

Create vivid narratives that work like GPS signals, guiding your group toward its goal.

  1. Name and rank your group‘s priorities.
  2. Use shared language. Catch phrases may be inadequate but they’re enough.

The trick to building effective catch phrases is to keep them simple, action-oriented, and forthright: “Create fun and a little weirdness” (Zappos).

How might leaders build highly successful groups?

Other books on February’s reading list:

Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor. (Done)

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord. (Done)

When: The Scientific Secret to Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. (Done)

Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People by Mark Miller. See yesterday’s post for a chance to win a copy of Talent Magnet. (Done)