Vancouver, BC – Whether as a gift for someone else, or for your own reading pleasure, with the holidays upon us, settling in with a good book can be an indulgence you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy at other times of the year. With that, we went looking for books that focused on tips and techniques for managers to create stronger teams, something we’re passionate about.
During the holiday season, and all year-round, we work with companies around Vancouver and across Canada with our customized team building sessions, outlining strategies and techniques managers can use to nurture teams that collaborate at a high level, genuinely support each other and enjoy working together and celebrate success together as a group.
We asked a number of the managers we work with for recommendations when it came to reading material in the area of team building.
A handful of books came up more than others. Here are three of those books
3 Must-Read Team Building Books
– by Daniel Coyle
As a big fan of Adam Grant’s, when he recommended Coyle’s book, that was good enough for us. Coyle, a New York Times bestseller, looks at teams that have enjoyed sustained success (think the Navy’s SEAL Team Six and the San Antonio Spurs) and breaks down the “why” to this success. Why do they work so well together? How do you create a culture that produces this level of success? What key skills are needed to elicit group cooperation?
Here at Vancouver TheatreSports, we’re familiar with many of the strategies outlined by Coyle.
– by Patty McCord
McCord is the former head of HR at Netflix (or the Chief Talent Officer according to her title). She has a really interesting and innovative take on company culture, motivating staff, and creating great teams. Throughout the book she shares her experiences at Netflix (and other jobs) throughout Silicon Valley – but these ideas are not uniquely applicable only to the tech sector. There’s a lot of great info in here for anyone currently navigating corporate culture, or an entrepreneur, or a student about to embark on your career.
The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practices that Make Great Teams Great
– by Jon Gordon
Okay, this isn’t the deepest of books (which means you can get through it pretty quickly), but it is full of real life examples and tools you can use. The “we before me!” mantra is easy to identify with, as are his approach to framing difficult conversations from a positive place, empathy’s role in the building strong teams, as well as shared beliefs.
There you have it – three Team Building books to educate and inspire.
If your group is looking for an impactful team building workshop…one that will also be a lot of fun, connect with Jeff to learn more. He can be reached at Development@vtsl.com, or by calling 604-738-7013 (extension 36)