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Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

Working Together Without Falling Apart. Afterword by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Shane Snow

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Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow reveals the counterintuitive reasons why so many partnerships and groups break down--and why some break through.

The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? In Dream Teams, Snow takes us on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.

You'll learn:
* 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.
* 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 people, progress, and collaboration.

"Perfectly describes and prescribes the crucial traits of the ultimate teams." -Shane Battier, NBA champion and head of analytics for the Miami Heat

"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

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

"Pushes beyond business-book bromides. A great storyteller!" -Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America

"One of the easiest and 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

"Anyone who wants to create a high-performing team must read Dream Teams." -Paul J. Zak, PhD, neuroeconomist, and author of Trust Factor

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.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 05.06.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-7352-1779-9
Verlag Penguin US
Maße (L/B/H) 21.6/14.6/3.2 cm
Gewicht 430 g


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    The Chicago detectives were in Baltimore, of all places, investigating a train robbery (of all things!) when they learned about the plot to kill their hometown congressman.

    It was February and cold outside the office bearing the name "John H. Hutchinson, Stock Broker" on South Street near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The office was a front-a temporary headquarters for agents of Hutchinson's private detective firm. The firm specialized in fraud and corporate espionage, particularly for clients who wanted to keep things quiet.

    Hutchinson's detectives had inhabited this secret office for several weeks now. They were there at the behest of the president of a local railroad company, a man named Samuel Felton. He'd hired them to look into a rumor about a plot to ruin him by disrupting millions of dollars of train cargo. Local politics were tense in Baltimore at the time, and Felton had feared "an extensive and organized conspiracy" that included members of the city police, or even higher up. Paranoid as he was, Felton decided to hire outsiders to suss out whether the rumors had merit, before involving authorities.

    And when it came to that sort of thing, Hutchinson was the best. A classic entrepreneur, he was a school dropout with a knack for solving puzzles. This led him to become a police detective, then to open a private firm. After ten years in operation, Hutchinson still personally masterminded most high-profile jobs.

    For the Baltimore Railroad case, he had also staffed his finest crew:

    Detective Webster was the principal investigator on the case. He was a tall British immigrant, with curly hair and a beard that can be best described as "hipster." Webster was tough and experienced and unafraid to kick down a door or jump from a moving train-as he once did while chasing a fleeing suspect. A family man with four kids, he'd earned his stripes as an NYPD officer for over a decade.

    Webster's counterpart, Detective Warne, on the other hand, was sly, charismatic, and twenty-eight years old. Where Webster was a decisive man of action, Warne was the agency's smooth talker and master of disguise-thin and chameleonlike, with a knack for getting people to cough up information.

    The two had been chasing down Felton's railroad conspiracy at various Baltimore PD haunts for a month when they overheard a rumor that sent them racing back to base. In the course of that month, they had determined that a group of corrupt officials and politically disenfranchised socialites indeed had it out for Felton. But as far as they could tell, the group had done little but talk trash about him and other high-profile figures in Baltimore.

    Webster, who knew how to relate to police officers, had been buddying up with off-duty drunks at local cop bars. Meanwhile, Warne was spending evenings in disguise at elite social hangouts, eavesdropping on the conversations of potential conspirators. In this manner, the two pieced together the troubling details of what was really afoot:

    Basically, it was terrorism. The group, frustrated at the state of national politics that they felt was leaving Baltimore behind, wanted to send a message: the government had failed. "Look at our city," one conspirator confided, "and tell me if we are not going to ruin." They'd considered several ways to draw attention to this point, like ruining Felton's railroad line. But the group had recently cooked up plans to do something much less subtle: assassinate a high-profile congressman who would soon be passing through town.

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