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Sustaining the Journey

What the Best Teams Do to Be the Best Teams! Concluding Thoughts

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April 30, 2018

Daniel Coyle in his bestselling book, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, shares three key elements he has found that makes teams highly effective. This past month, we’ve studied how the best teams build safety, share vulnerability, and establish purpose.

As a reminder, a safe environment is an environment where it feels okay to say, “I missed that one” or “I didn’t get it today” or “I’m not sure.” It’s where you receive signals that you belong and are valued. It’s where relationships come first and we know our team story.

So what are the take-aways from Coyle’s research? Coyle (2018) says, “When you create safety, allow vulnerability, and have a purpose, guess what? You have a culture.” This culture is one that you have collectively created. To be on a team where you feel safe, where you can be vulnerable to share your growth points, and can work toward a meaningful purpose, it becomes a mission, my friend, and it’s no longer “work.”

How might you begin to live into Coyle’s work? Knowing Coyle’s research, what is your vision for shaping your culture?

To read more, buy the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle or see bestselling author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker’s blog: “This Is What The Best Teams And Families All Do: 3 Rituals From Research” at

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