The Culture Puzzle: Harnessing the Forces That Drive Your Organization's Success

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Mario Moussa is president of Moussa Consulting and an Affiliated Faculty member in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the coauthor of the bestseller The Art of Woo and Committed Teams.

Derek Newberry is an organizational development consultant and an Affiliated Faculty member in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the coauthor of Committed Teams.

Greg Urban is the Arthur Hobson Quinn Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and the current editor of the Journal of Business Anthropology.


"Anthropologists specialize in culture, but for too long their expertise has been largely out of reach for leaders and managers. Not anymore. This is a stimulating, sensible guide to understanding--and improving--the values and norms of your workplace." --Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

"One of the least appreciated but most valued facets of organizational life is the collective mindset that we share and nurture in the workplace. We inherit a culture when we arrive, and we all become responsible for renewing it once there. In The Culture Puzzle, Mario Moussa, Derek Newberry, and Greg Urban provide us a compelling roadmap for doing so." --Michael Useem, Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Leadership Moment and The Edge

"This is an admirably clear, engaging and well-written book that shows why no business leader, or would-be leader, can afford to ignore the slippery issue of culture--or what is sitting below your nose. The book takes the reader on a lively journey from Ancient Egypt to modern companies such as Warby Parker and shows, in a practical way, how to read your own institutional culture--for good and bad--and make it work more effectively. A great read for anyone who wants to see how anthropology can help tackle modern business problems." --Gillian Tett, Chair of the Financial Times Editorial Board and author of The Silo Effect

"JetBlue has been successful largely because of its solution to The Culture Puzzle. To help your organization discover its own answer, follow the advice provided in this immensely practical and wonderfully engaging book." --Mike Barger, founding member of JetBlue Airways and Assistant Clinical Professor of Business Administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

"Culture matters. And building a great culture in a fast-paced, ever changing business is not easy. To thrive in a time of social, environmental, and market upheaval, we need great culture builders--people who inspire others to live the company's values, not just talk about them. The Culture Puzzle shows us the way: through riveting story-telling and insight into human motivation, this book will help you to build a culture that will support people--and your business--to be to soar to new heights." --Annie McKee, bestselling author of Primal Leadership and How to Be Happy at Work