Sunday, February 22, 2015

Resources for David Logan's "Tribal Leadership"

I stumbled on David Logan's "Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization" recently (available on  It's an interesting way to categorise stages of culture within teams/organisations and identify how to improve the culture for the mutual benefit of the tribe members. 

My quick understanding is that moving team members to a place where they invest in each other instead of looking out for themselves improves the culture of the whole tribe.

Below are some useful resources.

Quick Overview

In-depth Book Summary

Cheat Sheet on how to "level up"

TED Talk from 2009 (16min)

  • Stage 3 is common among really smart people
  • Hardest thing is moving from Stage 3 to Stage 4
  • Stage 4 Example: Zappos
  • Stage 5 Example: South Africa Reconciliation Council (Desmond Tutu)
  • Distribution of Employed Tribes:
    • Stage 1: 2%
    • Stage 2: 25%
    • Stage 3: 48%
    • Stage 4: 22%
    • Stage 5: 2%
  • You need to talk all 5 tribe stages because people are at all 5 stages
  • Tribes can only hear one level above or below where they are - leaders need to nudge them up
  • Stage 3 to 4: Find someone you don't know and someone else you don't know and connect them - connect them to something greater than themselves