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    • Publication date:05 Jun 2018

Dream Teams

Working Together Without Falling Apart

By Shane Snow

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Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow takes us on an extraordinary tour of the hidden science of team dynamics, revealing the counterintuitive reasons that some groups break out while far too many break down.

'An adventure into the very human science of making breakthroughs together.' - Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Power of Habit

The best groups are more than the sum of their parts - but why does teamwork so often fail to fulfill this promise?

Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow takes us on an extraordinary tour of the hidden science of team dynamics, revealing the counterintuitive reasons that some groups break out while far too many break down.

Examining history-making groups like the Wu Tang Clan and the Russian national hockey side alongside teams whose failures have had lasting impact, Snow reveals the answers, and what the rest of us can learn from the rare teams that do the impossible together. In this stimulating, pacey adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, sports and business, Snow explores the secrets of the best teams the world has to offer.

You'll discover:

- How ragtag teams - from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates - beat the odds throughout history

- Why DaimlerChrysler flopped while the Wu-Tang Clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships

- What the Wright Brothers' daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving

- The true stories of pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies that did the incredible together

- The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.

Provocative and entertaining, Dream Teams is a landmark work that will change the way we think about progress and collaboration.

Biographical Notes

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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Perfectly describes and prescribes the crucial traits of the ultimate teams — Shane Battier, NBA champion and head of analytics for the Miami Heat
Unlocks the secret sauce to create the highest performing teams. I couldn't put it down — Dan Schawbel, New York Times bestselling author of Now, Discover Your Strengths and Fortune 500 consultant
An adventure into the very human science of making breakthroughs together — Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of The Power of Habit
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
Pushes beyond business-book bromides. A great storyteller! — Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America
One of the easiest and most 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
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