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Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright

Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

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Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright reveals how to identify and elevate a company's collective culture to improve productivity and collaboration. The book presents five stages of tribal development and suggests techniques to raise team members to the next level.

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    People function as a tribe in the workplace.

    People have formed groups throughout history, and for good reason: we need each other to survive. The workplace is no exception to this. It’s impossible to complete a large-scale project, for example, or launch a new product by yourself. To complete these goals we need help from other people, so we form tribes.

    What exactly is a tribe? It’s the social structure in which people operate. Tribes consist of 20 to 150 people, so a company that has over 150 employees is more like a big tribe comprised of smaller tribes. Also, there must be some social interaction between its members. Think of it this way: if you saw a member of your tribe walk by, you’d at least say hi to them.

    In all tribes, the members have different roles that serve different purposes. A group of people that all think and work the same way won’t succeed – tribe members have to work individually on some tasks but together toward the same goals.

    For example, consider the roles you’ll find in a small town. Every town has a police officer, a preacher, a librarian, etc. These roles are quite different, but the town needs them all to function properly. Tribes work in the same way.

    Forming a tribe is necessary for completing any large-scale project. No one could’ve built cathedrals or survived the Ice Age alone!

    Tribes are equally necessary for modern day goals like releasing a new medicine or editing and publishing a book. You’ll find tribes in all workplaces, as they are important and necessary in every field.

    Since tribes are so critical for completing any kind of sizable goal, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of how they work. They are an essential part of how we, as humans, operate.

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    What is Tribal Leadership about?

    This book explains how members of the same workplace function together as a tribe. Each tribe has a culture that determines its productivity, and there are five distinct stages of tribal culture. Tribal Leadership will show how you, as the “tribal leader,” can guide your tribe to higher levels, resulting in a healthier and more productive work environment.

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    Tribal Leadership (2009) explores how to create high-performing organizations by understanding the different stages of tribal culture. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers practical strategies for building strong, collaborative teams that thrive in today's fast-paced world.
    • Based on years of extensive research and real-life case studies, it provides insights into what makes some organizations successful.
    • By unlocking the secrets of tribal culture, it offers a refreshing approach to leadership and team dynamics, making it neither dull nor typical.

    Best quote from Tribal Leadership

    If core values are the fuel of the tribe, a noble cause is the direction where its headed.

    —Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
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    Who should read Tribal Leadership?

    • CEOs and managers
    • Anyone who wants to guide their workplace to greater success
    • Anyone who want to emerge as a tribal leader

    About the Author

    Dave Logan is a professor of business at the University of Southern California and the author of several successful books. With John King, he co-founded the management consultancy CultureSync. John King is also a successful writer, and a popular keynote speaker. Halee Fischer-Wright is a former pediatrician who is now a leading expert on healthcare and business management. She is also a partner at CultureSync, and serves as assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado, where she earned her M.D.

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    What is the main message of Tribal Leadership?

    The main message of Tribal Leadership is that organizations can unlock their full potential by understanding and improving their company culture.

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    Tribal Leadership is worth reading because it provides practical insights on how to cultivate a high-performing organization through understanding and leveraging the power of company culture.

    Who is the author of Tribal Leadership?

    The authors of Tribal Leadership are Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright.

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