Daniel Coyle Profile

  • Best-selling author and leadership consultant, Daniel Coyle provides a deep dive into how leaders can create cultures that people truly want to be a part of.

  • Coyle is the author of The Culture Code, The Talent Code, and The Little Book of Talent.

  • Advisor to the Cleveland Indians for five years and counting, Coyle helped the team climb from one of the worst losing streaks in baseball history to top of the American League.
  • Top culture expert and leadership advisor, Daniel Coyle unlocks the science of high-performing teams, proving that you can improve your team’s dynamic. Coyle’s bestseller The Culture Code strips away misconceptions about culture being a “soft skill” or a sizzling chemistry that just serendipitously occurs, and instead boils it down to three skills every leader can exercise.

    As an advisor to the Cleveland Indians, Coyle helped the team turn around one of the worst records in baseball history. From 2014 onward, they built the best winning record in the American League while spending an average of $400 million less than most of their rivals. Piloting this transformation prompted Coyle to study some of the world’s highest performers in-depth – including Pixar, Zappos, and the US Navy SEALs Team Six – and discover the three universal rules that make groups thrive.

    Coyle’s previous works include The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code which focus on the science of individual high performance. An Alaskan native, he has been a contributing editor to Outside magazine since 1995.

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      Daniel Coyle is the award-winning, NY Times-bestselling author of several books on leadership and performance, including The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, and his newest book, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.

      In The Culture Code, Coyle takes you inside some of the world’s most high-performing organisations including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and Navy SEALs Team Six, to demystify the culture-building process and provide simple, actionable tools that can spark buy-in, boost trust, and strengthen your organization’s culture. The books was recently named one of Best Books of 2018 by Bloomberg and one of Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018.

      Coyle, who has worked as an advisor with the Cleveland Indians since 2013, has also served as an advisor to military special forces, professional sports teams, schools, and other organisations, and as a consulting producer to ESPN documentary films. In his previous books, he explored how to develop talent in any discipline. His best-selling Little Book of Talent, is a user’s manual for improving skills through 52 scientifically-proven, field-tested methods.

      While The Little Book of Talent offers practical instruction for skill-building, The Talent Code takes a deeper look at the neuroscience behind learning. Certain habits of practice, coaching, and motivation most promote the growth of myelin, the microscopic brain fibers that speed up neural pathways. Both The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent explain how to make these practices part of your life and become better at what matters most to you.

      Daniel Coyle, who grew up in Alaska, is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Play. He is winner (with co-author Tyler Hamilton) the William Hill Book of the Year award, and has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Daniel has appeared as a guest on Today, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, ESPN, CNN,All Things Considered, Charlie Rose, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and numerous other national programs.

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    Daniel Coyle helps leaders get to the root of what makes cultures thrive. Thanks to years of researching the inner workings of acclaimed groups like Pixar, Zappos, and the US Navy SEALs Team Six, Coyle has uncovered simple useful tools executives and managers can access right away to improve your organization’s atmosphere. He offers a balanced blend of compelling narrative and actionable steps for creating an environment that optimizes your team’s talents and capabilities.

    The Culture Code: The New Science of Successful Groups

    In this talk, Daniel goes inside some of the most effective organisations in the world, including Pixar, Navy SEALs Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs, and reveals how they generate a sense of belonging in their workforce, and other organisational traits. He will not only explain what makes such groups tick, but also identify the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He will examine the verbal and physical cues that bring people together, and the specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust. This talk, based on Dan’s groundbreaking book The Culture Code, is based on a simple insight — great groups don’t happen by chance. They are built according to three universal rules.

    How to Develop Gold-Medal Talent

    A cook’s tour through the revolutionary new science of talent development, which is far less about genes, and far more about the brain — specifically, about building the brain through certain forms of intensive practice, motivation, and coaching. Drawing on his research at a dozen of the world’s talent hotbeds, from the soccer fields of Brazil to a classical-music academy in upstate New York, Daniel Coyle identifies three essential habits for maximal talent growth, and offers simple, effective ways to put them to use.

    Talent Hotbeds

    All talent is really located in the brain. Talent hotbeds, tiny places that produce huge numbers of high performers, succeed because they capitalise on the fundamental mechanism for growing high-speed neural circuitry. The patterns of the hotbeds — of practice, motivation, and coaching — show us the blueprint for building our own talent hotbed. Daniel explains how to put this blueprint to work, drawing from his work with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Olympic High Performance Division, the British PGA, Nike, and others.
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    Books by Daniel Coyle:

    The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

    In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust, and drive positive change. Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what not to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture. Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.

    The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

    What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

    Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

    Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

    The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

    The Little Book of Talent is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”

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