9 Best Books on Great Teamwork

9 Best Books on Great Teamwork

Great teamwork is more important than ever. Also, it's a huge challenge to work efficiently as a team, keep innovation and creativity on a high level and have all team-members motivated and engaged - in a lot of cases all in a remote set-up. There are some fantastic reads on how to improve your team's work by providing the right environment and setting the right direction. We've collected our top 9.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

Why read?

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

229 pages, Jossey-Bass 2002

The Culture Code

The Culture Code

The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

Why read?

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust, and drive positive change. Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what not to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture. Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.

Culture is not something you are—it’s something you do. _The Culture Code _puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of your group or your goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

304 pages, Bantam 2018

Debugging Teams

Debugging Teams

Better Productivity through Collaboration
by , Ben Collins-Sussman

Why read?

What’s this book about? The goal of this book is to help programmers become more effective and efficient at creating software by improving their ability to understand, communicate with, and collaborate with other people

190 pages, O’Reilly Media 2015

Revolutionize Teamwork

Revolutionize Teamwork

How to Create and Lead Accountable Teams
by Eric Coryell

Why read?

Is your team creating revolutionary results? Taking a page from Facebook’s own management practices, Eric Coryell has developed a teamwork model for productive group work that creates trust, success, and true accountability. How? By redefining your team’s focus to be customer-facing as opposed to internally facing! Revolutionize Teamwork is a quick one-hour read packed with valuable information that shows you how to create and lead effective teams built on shared trust.

128 pages, Simple Truths 2019

Help the Helper

Help the Helper

Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork
by Kevin Pritchard, John Eliot

Why read?

Help the Helper will show you how to put a certain level of teamwork to work in your business, to build a cul­ture that recognizes and rewards those who help the helper — even when they don’t have sexy statistics.

256 pages, Portfolio 2012

The Best Team Wins

The Best Team Wins

The New Science of High Performance
by Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton

Why read?

The New York Times bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and All In deliver a breakthrough, groundbreaking guide for building today’s most collaborative teams—so any organization can operate at peak performance.

A massive shift is taking place in the business world. In today’s average company, up to eighty percent of employees’ days are now spent working in teams. And yet the teams most people find themselves in are nowhere near as effective as they could be. They’re often divided by tensions, if not outright dissension, and dysfunctional teams drain employees’ energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Now Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton share the proven ways managers can build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing.

272 pages, Simon & Schuster 2018

Radical Candor

Radical Candor

Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

Why read?

Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships. The idea is simple: You don’t have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time. Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book’s philosophy into practice.

272 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2017

Team of Teams

Team of Teams

New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell

Why read?

Why this book might be interesting for you… What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization?

304 pages, Portfolio 2015

Distributed Teams

Distributed Teams

The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart
by John O’Duinn

Why read?

Drawn from 26+ years working in distributed organizations, this book gathers what did — and did not — work from my own hard-learned lessons,as well as learnings from company founders, hedge fund managers,software developers, data scientists, accountants, book publishers, economists, political organizers, recruiters, military personnel, executive assistants, therapists and medical technicians.

335 pages, Release Mechanix 2018