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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159184648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Impressively, Rules for Renegades (2007) author and consultant Comaford creates a concrete plan for corporate change (and growth and performance) without mentioning the actual word change. That is a good thing, since more than half of initiatives labeled “change” just don’t hit their mark. The author’s selling point is the use of neuroscience, or what are called “meta-programs,” to influence and guide teams emotionally, psychologically, motivationally in order to move people from the “Critter State” (of fear) to the “Smart State” of innovation and high performance. Before she begins to explain how to step into another individual’s “Maps” (that is, behavior and attitudes), she presents an important section on the five qualities that define top-performing teams (or “Smart Tribes”): focus, clarity, accountability, influence, and sustainable results. There are three essential keys to starting your Smart Tribe, four factors of a sustainable team, six meta-programs that affect outcomes, and so on. What makes her presentation so contemporary are her sidebars, anecdotes, and end notes covering “Stuck Spots” (one where no one understood the CEO’s vision) and when employees no longer care about customers’ experiences. --Barbara Jacobs

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“We all want to build deeper connections and more trust with our teams, colleagues, and clients. Comaford makes this easy by providing a proven play-book for increasing engagement, alignment, and results in SmartTribes.”
—Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.com
 
“How do you become known for impeccable service? By being a leader who inspires others to want to provide it. That’s what I love about SmartTribes: it will show you what truly motivates employees to excel to ‘their’ true limits and do so with a high degree of energy and enthusiasm. The result? You’ll engage them in a way that fulfills and motivates like never before.”
—Thomas Klein, Regional Vice President, California, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
 
“All great companies are driven by great people. That’s what SmartTribes is all about. Its groundbreaking neuroscience techniques help you hire the right people, put them in roles where they can excel, and tap into their true potential. With it, you can build a company culture where full employee engagement is the norm, and when that’s true, your company can’t be stopped.”
—Ron Storn, Recruiting Manager, Facebook
 
SmartTribes helps leaders get the brains of their teams firing on all fronts. With Comaford’s brilliant guidance, they’ll be able to leverage these ‘aha’ moments in a way that wins them a seat at the strategic table. This book will change the way you think about how you work and live.”
—Kim Stevenson, CIO, Intel
 
“Comaford’s incredible insights on how to create an environment of inclusive­ness, trust, and clear communication are why I recommend this book to my peers. SmartTribes shows leaders how to consistently outperform by capitalizing on the same basic need that has made social enterprises take off in the first place: our need to belong. Read this book. Share what you’ve learned. Be better together.”
—Vala Afshar, CMO and Chief Customer Officer, Enterasys Networks

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I highly recommend that all business executives and leaders, at all levels, to read this amazing book - SmartTribes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Schieferdecker on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If your company is experiencing any symptoms of "Crushed Culture" or seems stuck - year after year - at a particular revenue inflection point, this is an absolute must read to move towards a better, high growth, high engagement future. As an executive coach and leadership development trainer, I see the situations Christine describes over and over again in company after company. SmartTribes not only gives you insight into the how these situations occur but is full of tools and techniques for helping your tribe get and stay in a "Smart State".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selly on August 29, 2013
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I liked this book so much I reached out to Christine and asked her to be my personal executive coach.

This book is well structured. The chapters are organized so that I can use them one-at-a-time to address a particular challenge or situation. I can quickly skim the book to execute a reminder.

The visual diagrams are great. I use them in my presentations to my team and they help make sense of a very complex/abstract concept. I find that people of all types (visual, tactile, auditory) are able to work with these models and apply them to their work.

The concepts are both intellectually sincere and tactical. This is probably the hardest thing to accomplish in a business book--how do you bridge the gap between highly theoretical and applicable day-to-day? This is where I feel this book shines. My favorite books are things like "Good-to-great" because of the origins in the scientific method. But concepts like "Right people on the bus" are hard to apply each day. How do you decide which people should stay and which aren't engaged? How do you tell the subtle difference between disenfranchised and disengaged? Smart Tribes helped me to answer these questions.

I hope you enjoy the book--it's been really transformative for me!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cirincione, Ph.D. on July 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We have known Christine Comaford for over 30 years and she had been amazingly helpful as a consultant for Attitudinal Healing Centers and Attitudinal Healing International. Her new book is the "whipped cream" of her other books in that she is able to simplify and make the complexity in relationships easy to understand. Her positive energy will delight the reader who will go away with optimism that says,

"I can do that!!!"

Gerald Jampolsky, M.D.
Diane Cirincione, Ph.D.
AHInternational.org
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becky Blalock on June 27, 2013
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Corporate "culture" as we know it is shifting and leaders must have the right tools to keep up. I have seen how emotional engagement can impact a company and the importance of connecting with my team. SmartTribes provides the map to develop new skill sets, beliefs and behaviors that are a must for overall success. Christine has broken down how to move from our "Critter State" to our "Smart State" in a fashion that makes this change virtually painless. I highly recommend this book for all business leaders who are ready to empower their team to work from their "Smart State" which directly leads to business growth.
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Thank you Christine for giving me tools that not only support me in business but support me in LIFE.
I have spent a lot of time learning about the value of leadership, community and tribes and I yet this book helped have me insights into things I had not thought of before and tools to apply the new concepts.
I really value studies and evidence and the examples you used were riveting. Thank you again!
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Christine gets results. Her latest book, Smart Tribes is a collection of tools, techniques, and powerful stories that demonstrate leadership in obvious and subtle ways. This book provides clear examples, inspiring illustrations and neuroscience based insights that can help leaders see their challenges and opportunities more effectively. Beyond that, you'll learn how we are wired up alike and how this can make teams emerge cohesively , even in chaos. A quick read. Well worth it!
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I've known Christine professionally for over 20 years and with each new endeavor she exceeds the last. Thus is the case with Smart Tribes. No matter what type of firm you're part of - manufacturing, finance, communication, yes - even government, Christine's insights and especially her easy to implement tools/techniques will no doubt increase the quality of your culture which in turn can lead to the surpassing of your business goals.
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This book will be your gold-standard guide to taking your company to the next level. We've all been stuck at inflection points in our business and implementing Comaford's brilliant strategies will speed your company to your next inflection point. You will quickly learn how having an understanding of neuroscience techniques will inspire and empower your own tribe to build a rapport that is mutually beneficial and unstoppable. This fresh, powerful -- and engaging and entertaining -- knowledge will transform not only your company's future, but the interpersonal relationships that you have outside of work as well. Read and share SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together for win-win insights that will impel you and your team to achieve optimal results together.

Dr. Debra Condren, business psychologist, executive coach, author of Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams.
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