Thanks for your reflections, Dan.
Tyler Neylon

Thanks Tyler, the rabbit hole goes deep. Here’s a few books that gives a breadth of subject matter:

Team of Teams — General McChrystal explains how the complexity of the modern world requires a new way of working, using his experiences on the Joint Task Force as an example. I’ve found it useful when thinking about team configurations, information flow, and decision making.

Scaling up Excellence — Why do companies become more ineffective as they grow? This is a good look at how to avoid some common pitfalls. They identify two approaches, “buddhist” and “catholic”, in attempt to explain the difference between Apple and Google or McDonalds and In-N-Out.

Five Dysfunctions of a Team — Why do groups of talented people fail? This book presents a framework for high-functioning teams based on a foundation of trust.

The Evolving Self & Immunity to Change — There’s a fair amount of literature on developmental psychology and adult cognitive development. Kegan’s work seems relatively uncontroversial and readily applicable. Understanding how people’s minds make meaning — in different situations and phases of life — is both useful for self-awareness and when working with teams or individuals.

Reinventing Organizations — Organizational development and evolutionary psychology are interesting topics covered by a bunch of theories and empirical research. Reinventing Organizations touches on these and presents a view on a better way to run companies. The history and case-studies are interesting, but take the conclusion with a pinch of salt. Per my original post, solutions need to be deployed contextually. Sapiens is an interesting companion. It’s useful to understand how we got to where we are today.

I like HBR and often browse wikipedia to find starting points for future research. Let me know if/when you want more fringy subject matter :)