The best books for creating collaborative relationships and organizations

James Tamm and Ronald Luyet Author Of Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships
By James Tamm and Ronald Luyet

The Books I Picked & Why

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

By Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Why this book?

An outstanding analysis of complex systems and the necessity of trust and collaboration on high performing teams. McChrystal uses SEAL teams as his model for a great team. McChrystal and his team point out that the primary purpose of SEAL training is not to develop super fit warriors as much as it is to develop the interdependence and trust needed to function collaboratively as an elite team in an ambiguous, volatile, complex and uncertain world.


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Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

By Donna Hicks

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

Why this book?

The author provides evidence that treating one another with dignity, encourages people to become more connected and more capable of creating meaningful and collaborative relationships. Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution along with insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, she explains what the elements of dignity are and how violating them triggers defensiveness. Defensiveness makes cooperation and collaboration unlikely in any situation often leading to resistance, aggression, sabotage and even violence.


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Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

By Marissa King

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Why this book?

Yale professor Marissa King shows how anyone can build more meaningful and productive relationships based on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and network analytics. She explains that the quality and structure of our relationships has a great impact on our personal and professional lives. Our social connections profoundly affect our experience of the world, our emotions, and our personal and professional success.


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Under the Hood: Fire Up and Fine-Tune Your Employee Culture

By Stan Slap

Under the Hood: Fire Up and Fine-Tune Your Employee Culture

Why this book?

Stan captures the essence of the mindset needed to Collaborate. To quote Slap: “When an employee culture is repositioned as a newly precious, workable asset, a company will naturally protect it, same as with any asset. An employee culture can’t be protected without protecting their humanity. If we lose humanity in business, we’re all doomed. If we save it we will have saved ourselves. In case you fear this icy hand of altruism will grip your own company by the throat and choke the life out of revenue, not to worry: We’re talking here about making the business case for humanity. In any environment where meaning is determined by metrics, the point of view and processes in this book are going to cause measurable, sustainable results." We agree.


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Leading Through Collaboration: Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions

By John P. Glaser

Leading Through Collaboration: Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions

Why this book?

A very personal look at strategies, mindsets and tools to create collaborative leaders and more collaborative organizations. John Glaser balances both theory and practical advice gained from his extensive experience as both an outside consultant and an internal leader, as school superintendent of one of California’s most prominent and successful school districts, Napa Valley Unified School District. John Glaser knows what he’s writing about.


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