Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

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Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright

Tribal Leadership gives amazingly insightful perspective on how people interact and succeed. I learned about myself and learned lessons I will carry with me and reflect on for the rest of my life.”
—John W. Fanning, Founding Chairman and CEO napster Inc.

“An unusually nuanced view of high-performance cultures.”
 —Inc.

Within each corporation are anywhere from a few to hundreds of separate tribes. In Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright demonstrate how these tribes develop—and show you how to assess them and lead them to maximize productivity and growth. A business management book like no other, Tribal Leadership is an essential tool to help managers and business leaders take better control of their organizations by utilizing the unique characteristics of the tribes that exist within.

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ISBN-13: 9780061251320
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 33,965
Product dimensions: 7.86(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dave Logan is cofounder and senior partner of the management-consulting firm CultureSync, which specializes in strategy, cultural design, and high performance. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Three Laws of Performance. In addition, he is a faculty member at USC's Marshall School of Business.

John King is cofounder and senior partner of CultureSync. He has trained and coached more than 25,000 people over the last 20 years.

Halee Fischer-Wright is a former partner of CultureSync and a practicing physician and faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Tribal Leadership 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
ArashSayadi More than 1 year ago
How effective is your company in achieving its mission? What role do you play in your teams? How effective are you as a leader? How can you improve your leadership beyond steering or controlling groups? No doubt we've asked these questions of ourselves. We may have even come up with somewhat satisfactory answers. However, there's nothing like research-based studies and books to shed light on what we may already intuit, or in helping us understand how to better lead our professional and personal lives. This last thought is exactly what may occur to you when reading the paper-back edition release of Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, & Halee Fischer-Wright. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in better understanding how to lead teams, groups, or companies into a new level of productivity AND camaraderie. Read on to learn why. Overall The book is well-written and easy to follow. In fact, you may start the book and become addicted to the ideas, unable to put it down. The conclusions are based on a study of 24,000 people in different companies at different levels of efficacy. The description of each stage of leadership, from complete chaos (Stage 1, "Life sucks") to a well-oiled machine (Stage 5, "Life is great"), is lucid enough to seem familiar from your day-to-day life. You'll likely come away from this book with a new mindset to navigate your personal and professional life to better serve, not just yourself, but your community at-large. In short, after reading this book and applying its lessons, you'll become a better member of society and the world community, increasing your happiness as well as everyone else's. Pros The authors' approach to leadership is based on a study of 24,000 people in different organizations. The focus is not purely on Drucker-style of leadership lessons, but historical evidence of effective leaders and the common theme that runs through each leader's story. This may sound like a typical theme for leadership books, except the authors approach and interpretation is different. The authors focus on relationships and the languages that represent the different styles of leadership, not just ideas. Given the book is based on studies of individuals and their results, the concepts aren't theoretical in nature. In fact, the authors admit they had to revise their pre-conceived notions based on lessons learned in the course of preparing to write and update this book. The various levels of an organization and leadership are described as Stages, each signified by a general state of mind, consisting of a Mood and a Theme (table below is recreated from page 25 in the book): Stage 5: Innocent Wonderment, "Life is great" Stage 4: Tribal Pride, "We're great(and they're not)" Stage 3: Lone Warrior, "I'm great(and you're not)" Stage 2: Apathetic Victim, "My life sucks" Stage 1: Despairing Hostility, "Life sucks" The Themes are summaries of the language a person in each stage uses to express their state of mind. Each of us have been at these Stages at one point or another in our lives, though, as the authors explain, the majority of population gets stuck at Stages 2 and 3. Stage 3 is the most prevalent, as is apparent in our day-to-day interactions with overpowering managers, bosses, or business owners who portray the "I'm great, and you're not" mentality, with especial empha
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the CEO and founder of a service organization, I can easily identify with several of the stages described so accurately in Tribal Leadership. Until now, I have been unaware of the power of tribes as the authors Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright have so clearly defined in this book. Tribal Leadership is a valuable tool to assist any manager become a leader and help channel their efforts as they elevate their tribe to the next productive stage.
johnpinkston More than 1 year ago
What this book does well is to describe leadership in terms of the people you are leading. It places people into one of five tribes. In doing so it gives a useful description of what people look like in each tribe and some of the things that you can expect out of them and what some of your reactions, as a leader, should be to them. In this regard it is a very practical book and great for leaders looking for ways to connect with people in their organization. One of its best points is that it is describing a process and the process has to be followed. You can get people to jump from tribe 1 to tribe 4 in a single leap. Rather they have to go through each stage. It may be a quick succession, but it is a linear progression.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Logan and his team deliver poignant concepts in a fast reading and entertaining book that will quite likely change your perspective on the culture at work and even on your relationships in your personal life. It is a must read for those interested in increasing efficiency and enhancing relationships. I've recommended it to several friends, patients and administrators.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on leadership, and this one really broke through to a deeper level of understanding for me. My key takeaway is that people within organizations operate within complex systems, or tribes. Better still, the book outlined how to leverage these natural tribes for the betterment of the entire organization. This book offers a great analysis of how culture impacts performance without simplifying the idea by assuming that there is a single monolithic culture within an organization. This book takes a deep look at how high-performance cultures impact the success of a company, and I use the concepts from 'Tribal Leadership' within my own business on a daily basis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tribal Leadership identifies the deeper meaning of leadership by advocating the breaking down of silos that exist in today's organizations. The authors take you inside the effective leader, who is acting to build coalitions and collaboration across the company. In a practical and fast-moving style, this book presents the five stages of a leader's journey - and how you can leverage core values and a noble cause to motivate and empower any team. This book sets forth a new challenge for leaders in all walks of life: are you ready to really leverage the power of people? A wonderful book with a new spin on a critical subject.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Phoenix. My NOOK is broken, barely working. I'm sorry, but I don't know when or if I'll be back." He rubs his face. "You're my very best friend, Phoenix, and I'm so thankful that you've always been here for me. I hope things work out between you and Theft, and that the rest of your life is as wonderful as you deserve. I guess I don't know what else to say, so... Goodbye."
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elbiddulph More than 1 year ago
A modern twist on good old-fashioned team building. That's really what this book is about. Instead of teams, it's tribes. Instead of teamwork, it's loyalty and productivity. Instead of team success, it's high performance culture. The authors have taken the concept of teamwork and adapted it to the recent explorations of the tribal concept. How can a group of people, connected through some common bond (working for the same employer, for example), evolve into highly productive and innovative teams? Through the five stages described in detail in this book. By applying theories of basic psychology and scientific research, the authors lead readers through a process of growth, from hostility and self-centeredness to a culture where knowledge is power but not shared, to a culture with common purpose and shared values. Tips and tools are shared to help leaders take their teams where few actually go, stage five, where the focus is solely on achieving potential and in which pure innovation exists. I'm not sure any substantially new theory is shared in this book, but familiar information is definitely presented in a new way. If your mind has shifted from team to tribe, you'll probably find great value in this resource. There are several nice touches in the book's format; coaching tips are called out throughout the book, there are easy to understand summaries of key points at the end of each chapter. All in all, Tribal Leadership is a useful resource for developing highly successful teams. For leaders seeking a systematic way to assess and develop the cultures of their tribes to achieve maximum greatness, this book presents the process in a useful and very readable format. It's a good addition to a leadership or management library.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing a presentation on the concepts of Tribal Leadership, I immediately saw the clear connection to most business models and the relative ease of implementation. At my company, we motivate our teams by leveraging shared values to build cohesive relationships. Tribal Leadership has given my executives a true systematic approach to raising the performance potential of their teams. It brought instant calibration to our assessment efforts and took the guess work out of selecting tactics to move individuals forward to a state of mind where they are performing well, focusing on team results and obtaining more satisfaction from the workplace. 'We're Great!' I highly recommend!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find that most business books are only interesting to a point. I bring it up in conversation at a networking event, or I cite it once in a proposal. Tribal Leadership is a book I think about ALL THE TIME because I feel like I see the matrix for how the culture in a company or organization works. There are five levels, from 1 (like the post office back in the day) to 5 (like Pixar where people play sports, eat sushi and jam with a band, all while maintaining 50% profit margins). Tribal Leadership reveals the code to seeing a groups culture by simply listening for the right words. Once you get the lexicon down, you can hear it when anyone talks about work, and know who they are as an employee and how the company operates. I love that it's fascinating both academically and practically. Can't wait to see how things change when people get word of this book!