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It's a fact of life: birds flock, fish school, people "tribe."

Every company, indeed every organization, is a tribe, or if it's large enough, a network of tribes—groups of 20 to 150 people in which everyone knows everyone else, or at least knows of everyone else. Tribes are more powerful than teams, companies, or even CEOs, and yet their key leverage points have not been mapped—until now. In Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright show leaders how to assess their organization's tribal culture on a scale from one to five and then implement specific tools to elevate the stage to the next. The result is unprecedented success.

In a rigorous eight-year study of approximately 24,000 people in over two dozen corporations, Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright refine and define a common theme: the success of a company depends on its tribes, the strength of its tribes is determined by the tribal culture, and a thriving corporate culture can be established by an effective tribal leader. Tribal Leadership will show leaders how to employ their companies' tribes to maximize productivity and profit: the authors' research, backed up with interviews ranging from Brian France (CEO of NASCAR) to "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams, shows that over three quarters of the organizations they've studied have tribal cultures that are merely adequate, no better than the third of five tribal stages.

Leaders, managers, and organizations that fail to understand, motivate, and grow their tribes will find it impossible to succeed in an increasingly fragmented world of business. The often counterintuitive findings of Tribal Leadership will help leaders at today's major corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits learn how to take the people in their organization from adequate to outstanding, to discover the secrets that have led the highest-level tribes (like the team at Apple that designed the iPod) to remarkable heights, and to find new ways to succeed where others have failed.

Topics: Leadership, Teamwork, Success, Communication, Informative, and Guides

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061754722
List price: $10.99
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..somewhat painful to read because of how flat the language is. Despite what supposed marvels of organizational management they describe in the book, the writing style is so unsophisticated and almost uninteresting that it becomes a pain to keep going. The vocabulary is simplistic, the formulation is so overstated and the message repeated so many times that you can't possibly not get it, it practically reads like advertising copy.Not to mention this 5 stage plan that they have conceived as the one and only insight into the whole domain of business is very tiresome to hear about when it's more or less the only thing they have to say.read more
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It's amazing the way the authors have shown how we naturally form into tribes and how the best companies (the ones with great cultures and high profits) are the ones where employees speak in a different way. The authors give the tools to turn around any organization.read more
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As an educator and theater worker, I found this book helpful for its dicussions of group dynamics, and leading groups. While reading, I saw a few of the principles discussed in action, and was able to use the language/coaching tips to guide the group.read more
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There are some good parts to this book but overall it makes a bunch of claims that seem a bit made up to me. It puts business folks into 5 categories of development and asserts that certain traits are better than others without any data to back it up.read more
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The authors have a sound base in research and practice with business and non-profit organizations. As humans we are hardwired to be in tribes (informal groups, teams, clicks, buddies, sewing circles, etc.) Using this book a tribe can be ranked by talks and acts. The rank ranges from life sucks all the way to life is great. A tribal leader is someone who helps nudge their tribe to the next level. The authors provide lots of concrete evidence and actionable advice.read more
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..somewhat painful to read because of how flat the language is. Despite what supposed marvels of organizational management they describe in the book, the writing style is so unsophisticated and almost uninteresting that it becomes a pain to keep going. The vocabulary is simplistic, the formulation is so overstated and the message repeated so many times that you can't possibly not get it, it practically reads like advertising copy.Not to mention this 5 stage plan that they have conceived as the one and only insight into the whole domain of business is very tiresome to hear about when it's more or less the only thing they have to say.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
It's amazing the way the authors have shown how we naturally form into tribes and how the best companies (the ones with great cultures and high profits) are the ones where employees speak in a different way. The authors give the tools to turn around any organization.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
As an educator and theater worker, I found this book helpful for its dicussions of group dynamics, and leading groups. While reading, I saw a few of the principles discussed in action, and was able to use the language/coaching tips to guide the group.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
There are some good parts to this book but overall it makes a bunch of claims that seem a bit made up to me. It puts business folks into 5 categories of development and asserts that certain traits are better than others without any data to back it up.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The authors have a sound base in research and practice with business and non-profit organizations. As humans we are hardwired to be in tribes (informal groups, teams, clicks, buddies, sewing circles, etc.) Using this book a tribe can be ranked by talks and acts. The rank ranges from life sucks all the way to life is great. A tribal leader is someone who helps nudge their tribe to the next level. The authors provide lots of concrete evidence and actionable advice.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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