The Culture Code

The Culture Code

Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. 

Daniel Coyle. The Culture Code.


Book: The Culture Code
Author: Daniel Coyle
Read: August 2019

What does it take to develop a good culture for people to thrive in? This is the question Coyle examines through in-depth research into some of the most successful teams and organizations on the planet. He looks to answer this question and through examples shows what creates both good and bad working cultures.



Skill 1 (Build Safety) – How signals of connection generate bonds of belonging and identity. 

Skill 2 (Share Vulnerability) – Habits of mutual risk drive trusting cooperation. 

Skill 3 (Establish Purpose) – Narratives create shared goals and values. 

These three skills work together from the bottom up, first building group connection and then channeling it into action. 

Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It’s not something you are. It’s something you do. 


The Culture Code is a fantastic book about the keys to creating a culture both within a winning organization and around the individuals who help to build that culture. There are tons of great references to some of the best organizational cultures Coyle discovered as well as ones which failed at creating a culture for employees to thrive. This book is worth reading in order to help with creating or updating your organization’s culture, not to mention it is filled with valuable information with exercises and quotes from some of the greatest leaders of all time. This book had such an impact on me, I gifted it to over 20 people last year. Highly highly recommend.

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