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Book Review: "The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups" by Daniel Coyle

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I enjoyed reading "The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups" by Daniel Coyle. It has lots of great stories about groups in various fields (SEALs, sports teams, corporate environments, creative companies, aircraft crew and more) and the various (often subtle) attributes that makes these teams successful.
Key takeaways for me were: Safety is the foundation on which strong culture is built.Our brain is obsessed with psychological safety and we require lots of signalling over and over to feel safe.A sense of belonging is easy to destroy and hard to build.Patterns of interaction of successful groups that have good chemistry often include:Close physical proximity, often in circlesProfuse amounts of eye contactPhysical touch (handshakes, fist bumps, hugs)Lots of short, energetic exchanges (no long speeches)High levels of mixing; everyone talks to everyoneFew interruptionsLots of questionsIntense, active listeningHumour, laughterSmall attentive courtesies (thank-you…