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Tribal Leadership Book Review

posted Oct 11, 2011, 9:30 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 15, 2011, 1:42 PM by Victor Reina ]
When i first started this book one thing quickly came to my mind: “Why the hell am I reading a managing book?” but since I agreed on reading it I had to keep my word. At the beginning I was very skeptical about the content of the book but after reading a few chapters it became pretty entertaining and I quickly wanted to read more and more. 

The book talks about different stages of people mindsets counting from 1 (the worst) to 5 (the best) and talks about them focusing on their individuals and the way they make their group.

This book states that every organization is made of tribes and that every tribe or group of tribes has a tribal leader and this book helps the leader how to assess, identify and upgrade the tribal culture stage by stage and the best part is that it does it in an informal, anecdotal way so it’s easier to understand. It tells you how to get results, why their method works and how and where those methods where tested. And if you’re more of a technical guy and don’t want to be bothered with details there’s a summary at the end of each chapter with everything explained in just a few lines.

The only problem is that even though the book will tell you what to do it’s pretty hard to make the people you manage believe the same you do. After reading the book I did a small experiment managing a group of 8 and even with the help of the book I couldn’t get the results I wanted.

After watching “How to lose friends and alienate people: The joys of engineering leadership” by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman a few things on the book got clearer and i think it’s a great handbook for those who accidentally get to be leaders.

Even if you’re not into managing the book is great for introspection since it helps you understand what phase you are, your coworkers and it even gives little tips on how to deal with your boss.

Overall, this book is clear, funny, useful, witty, practical and if you work at Nearsoft it’s free too!