Extreme Teams: Why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail by Robert Bruce Shaw
Managers want great teams, but most build them around decades-old ideas and practices made popular by companies that have lost their edge.
Extreme Teams looks at the new generation of teams driving growth in today’s most innovative firms. They do this by tossing conventional wisdom and doing things differently. The book takes you inside these bold companies and examines the teamwork experiments powering their results, including how:
- Pixar’s teams use rapid-cycle feedback and no-holds debate to transform initially flawed films into billion-dollar hits
- A culture of radical “freedom and responsibility” helps Netflix execute on the next big thing and transform its industry
- Whole Food’s super-autonomous teams embrace tough metrics and friendly competition to drive performance
- Zappos embraces the weirdness and fun that sustains its success
Times change, and so must teams. Designing and managing high-performance teams requires upgrading outdated beliefs and behaviors, and creating in your company the level of intensity and collaboration needed to face down any challenge.