Book of the Month

Book of the Month – December 2020

When deciding on a book for your December reading, we had a few criteria. It had to be engaging, entertaining and provocative. A book that would make it worthwhile to dedicate to some of your precious holiday hours. It had to present a purposeful, topical message. One that will make you really sit up and think. And carry on thinking…

Finally, it had to be pertinent for you, who through your work, are dedicating your life to change the world for the better. 

A few books made it to the final cut. In the end, one was a firm favourite. Not only because, by the end of the second page you’re hooked and every chapter is an insightful adventure, the value of this book is the abundance of stories, anecdotes and models you’ll refer to for ages to come!

Talking about value, there’s more… look out for the brilliant post-notes Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant created as a conclusion for this book, there’s a Dream Teams cheat-sheet you can use in your work, and many additional online resources available for you to access.

DREAM TEAMS:
Working Together Without Falling Apart

by Shane Snow

Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow reveals the counterintuitive reasons why so many partnerships and groups break down–and why some break through.

The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? In Dream Teams, Snow takes us on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.

You’ll discover:
  *  How ragtag teams–from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates–beat the odds throughout history.
  *  Why DaimlerChrysler flopped while the Wu-Tang Clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships.
  *  What the Wright Brothers’ daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving.
  *  Pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies that did the incredible together.
  *  The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.

You’ll meet rap groups, pirate gangs, buddy cops, pioneering women in journalism and the FBI, soviet hockey teams, outrageous artists and city planners, and the people behind social movements that changed the world. Provocative and entertaining, Dream Teams is a landmark work that will change the way we think about people, progress, and collaboration.

What others are saying…

“RIVETING, SHOCKING, INFORMATIVE. This book is relevant for business leaders of all stripes, but more importantly, for anyone who advocates for cultural progress.” – Allen Gannett, Author of “The Creative Curve” and CEO Of TrackMaven

“Truly amazing. The writing and storytelling here is phenomenal.” –Tom Rath, author of “StrengthsFinder 2.0”

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