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Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart Hardcover – June 5, 2018
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“Perfectly describes and prescribes the crucial traits of the ultimate teams.” —Shane Battier, NBA champion and head of analytics for the Miami Heat
“Pirates, rappers, buddy cops, AND changing the world?! Dream Teams isn’t just a ton of fun; it’s a force of nature—and an important message.” —Jane Chen, TED fellow and founder of Embrace Innovations
“An adventure into the very human science of making breakthroughs together.” —Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of The Power of Habit
“Pushes beyond business-book bromides. A great storyteller!” —Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America
“One of the easiest and enjoyable business books—by a sharp-witted journalist and brilliant entrepreneur.” —Josh Golden, publisher and president of Ad Age
“Challenging, vivid, and pragmatic.” —Keith Yamashita, founder of SYPartners
“Wonderful!” —Kelly Leonard, executive director of The Second City
“Not just a book that every leader should read. It’s a message the world itself needs right now.” —Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise and MissionU
"A mesmerizing read for anyone looking to up-level their team building and leadership skills."
–Kathryn Minshew, CEO of The Muse
“Anyone who wants to create a high-performing team must read Dream Teams.” —Paul J. Zak, PhD, neuroeconomist, and author of Trust Factor
About the Author
Shane Snow is a science and business journalist and the co-founder of Contently, one of Inc's fastest growing companies and Crain's and Ad Age's best places to work in America. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Time, and GQ. His first book, Smartcuts, has made him a highly sought-after speaker around the world on innovation and lateral thinking.
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I took away valuable lessons and insights about history, neuroscience, psychology, and business with stories/examples ranging from the origins of Wu Tang Clan and Malcolm X to the domination of the Soviet Hockey team to the chronicles of Hollywood actors. Shane Snow is a master storyteller (he also wrote the book on it, the Storytelling Edge), which made this book exceptionally enjoyable. Each lesson is packaged up in a story, making it relatable and digestible.
The book also ends with excellent afterward where he conducts a Q&A with a true Dream Team, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. He poses 8 question that gives the reader insight into how Sheryn and Adam collaborate. Finally, the book ends with a Dream Team cheat sheet for people to take action. Sections of the cheat sheet include team formation, inclusion, staying in the zone, expanding the possibilities, getting unified and becoming open.
This is a book for anyone who aspires to be a leader, build a team or change history. This is not a boring business book or case study about team building exercises. If you enjoy writers like Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Ryan Holiday or Simon Sinek, I think you'll enjoy this book.
The tone is very casual and fun, but with deadly serious information. Also, this is the first time I ever was eager to read footnotes -- some of the most amusing and charming parts of the book are in the footnotes.
The book is filled with great examples and counterpoints in order to help the reader understand the nuance of how and why great teams come together or don't.
The highlight of the book for me though was a touching moment of vulnerability and openness from Shane himself about the need for building a dream team when your life isn't working. His guidance and openness on the topic is something any reader would benefit from.
Chock full of stories and wisdom, this book is a must read for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and anyone who manages a team.
Two huge Likeable thumbs up!