Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow reveals the counterintuitive reasons why so many partnerships and groups break down--and why some break through.
The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? In Dream Teams, Snow takes us on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.
* How ragtag teams--from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates--beat the odds throughout history.
* Why DaimlerChrysler flopped while the Wu-Tang Clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships.
* What the Wright Brothers' daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving.
* Pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies that did the incredible together.
* The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.
Provocative and entertaining, Dream Teams is a landmark work that will change the way we think about people, progress, and collaboration.
"Perfectly describes and prescribes the crucial traits of the ultimate teams." -Shane Battier, NBA champion and head of analytics for the Miami Heat
"Pirates, rappers, buddy cops, AND changing the world?! Dream Teams isn't just a ton of fun; it's a force of nature-and an important message." -Jane Chen, TED fellow and founder of Embrace Innovations
"An adventure into the very human science of making breakthroughs together." -Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Power of Habit
"Pushes beyond business-book bromides. A great storyteller!" -Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America
"One of the easiest and enjoyable business books-by a sharp-witted journalist and brilliant entrepreneur." -Josh Golden, publisher and president of Ad Age
"Challenging, vivid, and pragmatic." -Keith Yamashita, founder of SYPartners
"Wonderful!" -Kelly Leonard, executive director of The Second City
"Not just a book that every leader should read. It's a message the world itself needs right now." -Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise and MissionU
"A mesmerizing read for anyone looking to up-level their team building and leadership skills."
-Kathryn Minshew, CEO of The Muse
"Anyone who wants to create a high-performing team must read Dream Teams." -Paul J. Zak, PhD, neuroeconomist, and author of Trust Factor
Shane Snow is a science and business journalist and the co-founder of Contently, one of Inc's fastest growing companies and Crain's and Ad Age's best places to work in America. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker , Wired, The Washington Post , Fast Company , Time , and GQ . His first book, Smartcuts , has made him a highly sought-after speaker around the world on innovation and lateral thinking.