Tribal Unity

Getting from Teams to Tribes

Em Campbell-Pretty

Publisher: Amazon Fulfillment, 2016, 118 pages

ISBN: 978-1-1537-34757-8

Keywords: Culture

Last modified: Sept. 15, 2021, 12:13 p.m.

Are you ready to create a One Team culture?

Tribal Unity is a real world, practical guide, for leaders committed to making their organisation a great place to work. Based on the true story of how one inspiring leader transformed a highly toxic organisational culture, into an internationally recognised case study of success. Tribal Unity, shares proven patterns that are revolutionising they way teams of teams connect and perform.

  • Foreword by Steve Farber
  • Foreword by Gene Kim
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 — Creating Great Teams
    • Team Self-Selection
    • Team Work Practices
      • Inspect and Adapt on Cadence
      • Visualisation
      • Daily Communication
    • Launching Teams
    • Co-location
    • Distributed Teams
      • Compensation Strategies for Distributed Teams
  • Part 2 — Connecting Teams and Creating Your Tribe
    • Shared Identity
      • Team as a Product Box
    • Shared Experiences
      • Unity Hour Activities
      • The Power of Haka
      • Breakaway Day
    • Cocktail Hour
    • Create a Whole of Tribe View
    • Chapters and Guilds
    • Celebrate and Guilds
    • Tribal Kaizen
    • Accelerating Tribal Unity With a SAFEe Quick-Start
  • Part 3 — Connecting to a Leader
    • Be Part of the Change
    • Train Everyone!
    • Connect at the Gemba
    • Understand the System of Work
    • Take Responsibility for the Way the Work Works
    • Every Tribe Needs a Great Leadership Team
    • The Role of the Leadership Team is to Serve the Tribe
    • Carve Out Time for Innovation
    • Show Your Vulnerability
    • Taking the Radical Leap
  • Part 4 — Connecting to an Idea
    • Achieving Alignment With Book Clubs
    • Communicating the Vision
    • Dealing With Detractors
    • Stay True to Your Idea
  • Part 5 — Sustaining Tribal Unity
    • Quantifying Culture With the Net Promoter System
    • Record and Share Your Tribal Stories
    • Sustained Greatness Requires Discipline
    • Setting Up Successors for Success
  • Part 6 — Engaging Management in Tribal Unity
    • Tap Into Your Empathy
    • Help Your Leaders Learn
    • Shine a Light on a Bright Spot
    • Invite Your Leaders to the Gemba
    • Suggest One Small Change
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix — The Tribal Unity Checklist


Tribal Unity

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: Oct. 31, 2021, 1:12 a.m.

Well, the author is enthusiastic about her subject, and is a fairly good writer, so you enjoy reading her book. And she is not even obviously wrong either, which is good, even though her outlook on personalities and their expressions in different cultures are very Australian/American. I doubt that some of her practical recommendations would work in the Scandinavian culture fort example (some exceptions of course exists, as humans are a variable bunch).

As she has done a fair amount of reading (lots of good references in the book), I am a bit surprised that she obviously has never read about the Hawthorne experiments. If she had (very few MBAs don't know about them and their implications), she could have skipped half the book and had an easier experience.

But with that said, it is a fairly OK book to read, even though it is not really revolutionary that if you give attention to people and listen to them, you get better performance.


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