3 Must-Read Team Building Books

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With the holiday season upon us, we’ve poured over the business and leadership books out there (well not really poured over – more like browsed) and came up with a few Team Building Books that will make for great reading, whether as a gift for someone on your list, or for yourself.

We do a lot of work with teams through our Corporate Workshops in Denver (including our Unique Team Building Workshop), focusing on strategies and principles that create productive teams that enjoy working together and supporting each other.

“Teamwork is always at the heart of great achievement,”
– New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell

With that, here are three books that provide valuable tips for building successful teams.

Team Building Books

Team Building Books“The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” – 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?

Many of the strategies and concepts Coyle outlines are very familiar to us here at RISE Comedy Playhouse (and other improv-based organizations that offer similar workshops…including our friends at Dad’s Garage with their Team Building workshops in Atlanta) and the work we do with our clients.

“Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” – 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.


RISE Comedy Playhouse is a Denver-based improv theatre company that works with organizations of all sizes in the areas of collaboration and communication (Team Building Workshops), as well as sessions focusing on shifting corporate culture, being a more agile team and thinking on your feet.