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The Dark Side of Leadership (Working Title):  An Interview with Dave Logan

“In my interview with Dave, NYT bestselling author of Tribal Leadership and expert in transformation in the workplace, we talk specifically about the dark side of leadership and what it means. We have an assumption about leaders that they’re superhuman – that somehow they don’t feel anger or sadness or depression. Dave talks about how coming to understand the “dark” sides of our personality is important, especially for leaders, and how it’s easy to fool ourselves into never letting this side come out and why it might be good to do so. This isn’t for everyone, however. Psychotics and psychopaths do well to keep their dark sides hidden as they may be darker than expected.” –Fearless Stories

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Tribal Leadership, October 2009
From the Society of Organization Learning, published at MIT, an interview with Dave Logan and John King written by George Hall.

“People in our study who were exceptional tribal leaders described a sudden, compelling, and often personal awareness that they had been manipulating people and didn’t want to do that anymore.”

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The John King Interview, November 2008

Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be great and achieve great things. When I interviewed him, John King told me that’s not enough. He’s the co-author of Tribal Leadership, a book that says we have 5 stages of development and I’m great is only stage 3.  More

ASTD in Practice, November 2008
Tribal Leadership:  An Interview with David Logan and John King
by George Hall

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In your book you comment,  Roughly 75 percent of tribes are stuck at the stage of My life sucks or I’m great, but you’re not.  Do most tribes slow or impede their leader’s forward movement by default? If the rest of the culture is not where you are, for example, is one of your stabilizing anchor points missing.

Guest Column: Tribal Leadership, October 11, 2008

Tribal Leaders focus on building the tribe or upgrading the tribal culture. When they succeed, the tribe recognizes them as the leader, gives them discretionary effort, loyalty, and a track record of success. More

Human Resource Executive Online

Leveraging Organizational Tribes, September 3, 2008

“For the past 10 years, my colleagues and I asked a single question: “Why do some leaders seem to do everything wrong, and yet succeed?” More

Ecommerce Times

Chapter 2 in Yahoo’s Summer of Drama, August 18, 2008

“I think the big problem is Yahoo doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up,” David C. Logan…told the E-Commerce Times. “It’s difficult to talk about mergers and acquisitions when you don’t have a clear vision, and I don’t think Yahoo has a clear vision right now,” he said…

“Yahoo has none of those things — and as long as that’s the case, they’re going to continue floundering. They’re going to flounder if they’re talking about mergers and acquisitions, and they’re going to flounder if they’re talking about management and continued operations of the company,” he noted.  More

U.S. News and World Report

Bookshelf: Business Books, March 4, 2008

No matter how big your company is, its run by “tribes” of 20 to 150 people who operate in their own unique ecosystems.  The authors base their theory on a study covering about 24,000 people in over two dozen organizations and give advice for strengthening tribal relationships before the natives get restless. More


A Skimmer’s Guide to the Latest Business Books, February 2008

The big idea: A company’s culture, whether it is collegial or borderline feral, is determined by the quality of its “tribes.” Tribes are groups of 20 to 150 workers who are unified by attitudes, values, and goals. The book identifies five stages of tribal life and suggests ways to get better results from individual members and entire tribes.  More

Fast Company

The Leading Edge – Goodbye GE, hello Google, May 22, 2008

To learn more…check out the best management and best book on cultural transformation that I have read in many years. It’s entitled Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright.

There are just too many potent and relevant insights from the book to go into now, so I will go into more in weeks to come. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.  More

USA Today

Ask an Expert: Today’s Tip, February 18, 2008

What is the very first form of human community? Why, the tribe of course. That’s why the book Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization is such a great business book.  More

Toronto Globe and Mail

What Tribe Are You From, March 12, 2008

This is a new prism for looking at organizations, bringing together common concepts in a different way. The book is an instructional manual with lots of tips, and sections on purpose and strategy, which the authors interweave with their tribal culture approach. It’s an appealing brew…  More

Gallup Management Journal

The Five Stages of Workplace “Tribes”, May 8, 2008

The next time you’re around a group of coworkers, listen closely to the language they use. If you hear things like “This sucks,” or “I think you have leadership potential,” or “This will change the world” over and over, you’ll have a pretty good idea of the state of that tribe.  More

Dallas Morning News

Books: Tribal Leadership, April 21, 2008

Employee tribes make a marked impact on what gets done, how it gets done and the quality of work. Managers must recognize each tribe’s characteristics in order to upgrade its culture and outlook.  More

Silicon Valley – San Jose Business Journal

Understanding Worker Tribes’ Can Be Key…, April 11, 2008

With nearly 50% of workers in Stage Three, managers have their work cut out for them.  More

Business Lexington

Book Beats the Drums for Group Work, January 25, 2008

“Birds flock, fish school, people tribe.” So say the authors of the most thorough and nique book to come along pertaining to organizational dynamics inquite some time.  Whether you are a manager or owner of an organization seeking to improve organizational performance or a member of an organization seeking to move up, it pays to understand the most basic ways in which people interact.  More

Denver Business Journal

Spotlight: Control the Tribes, March 14, 2008

These strategies will help to build strength in the company from the inside out, especially with the pressure of a potential recession in America, Fischer-Wright says.  More

Small Business Times

Companies Grow with Tribal Leadership, April 18, 2008

Tribal Leadership was the product of an eight year study of the “tribal” corporate cultures at more than two dozen successful corporations.  According to Logan, small businesses are “tribes,” and large corporations are “tribes of tribes.”  More

Total Picture Radio with Peter Clayton

Radio Interview with Dave Logan, February 2008

Total Picture Radio, the voice of career leadership.  More


Industry Week

Recession Proof Your Business, March 17, 2008

Companies need to identify the basic building block in determining future success — it’s called the “tribe.”  More Business School

Tribal Leadership – Book Review, April 2008

This book is a great read and an interesting look at the impact different people can have on the success of an organization. I would recommend Tribal Leadership to business students and anyone who works in a management capacity. More

A Successful Woman

Booklist: Tribal Leadership, May 2008

We always have an opportunity to learn from other researchers, scientists, and people who study human nature so we gain a better understanding of what works and how we may succeed in our business and personal lives. Fischer-Wright’s book has some concrete examples of how we may use our positions of leadership to help one another and contribute to the success of our organizations and companies.  More

Pink Magazine

Tribal Leadership: A Case Study, May 2008

Women are uniquely suited to become Tribal Leaders because successful, professional women bring who they are, their values and their strengths to lead their tribes. Women have an inherent advantage when it comes to being a leader … More

KUSA Channel 9 Denver

TV Interview with Halee Fischer-Wright, February 25, 2008

In an uncertain economy with a possible recession hanging over our heads, it can be easy for employees and leaders to worry about the future. But one of the authors of a new leadership book says it’s times like these that can make companies stronger, as long as they’re willing to be “tribal” about it. More including link to video interview

Publisher’s Weekly

Non-Fiction Reviews, December 3, 2007

The authors, management consultants and partners of JeffersonLarsonSmith [CultureSync], offer a fascinating look at corporate tribes groups of 20 – 150 people within a company that come together on their own rather than through management decisions and how executives can use tribes to maximize productivity and profit.  More

Occupational Hazards

Preventing Workplace Violence, May 15, 2008

When writing Tribal Leadership, Logan said he and his co-authors set out to determine how managers could move their employees to a higher stage. In the process, however, they discovered how important it is to be on the lookout for employees sinking into lower stages.  More

USC Chronicle

Reaching the Next Level, March 2004

Most people think of organizations as almost monolithic in their internal culture and mindset, near-unitary structures that may involve thousands or tens of thousands of employees who share a similar approach to the issues they face.  But that’s not the way USC Marshall lecturer Dave Logan says managers should think about, or more importantly lead, their organizations. That’s the conclusion Logan came to, and has now written about, after spending eight years surveying 24,000 people at companies such as biotech giant Amgen and design firm IDEO.  More

Leadership Excellence

Tribal Leadership, February 2008

Every company is a tribe, or a network of tribes groups of 20 to 150 people in which everyone knows everyone else, or at least knows of them. It’s a fact of life: birds flock, fish school, and people tribe.  Tribes are more powerful than teams, companies, or even superstar CEOs, and yet their key leverage points have not been mapped until now. More

Cental Valley Business Times

To Get Your Team to Peform Better …, January 31, 2008

American business is not “Survivor Island” with its tribes, but a new book says businesses are made up of tribes and it’s the wise manager who recognizes them and takes advantage of their power. More

Ecommerce Times

Yang’s No Longer Playing Hard to Get …, November 06, 2008

Jerry Yang’s comments that Microsoft should buy Yahoo have been treated by the industry as a kind of sad joke. Did Yahoo blow its chance months ago, when Microsoft was actually interested in talking about a deal? Is a deal still even possible?

Stanford University News

You’ve Got to Find What You Love, June 15, 2005

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.  This speech is referred to by Scott Adams in an interview with us on page 180 of Tribal Leadership.


Supplement to Tribal Leadership, January 2008

Stage Six: Deer in the Clearing
by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright

These strategies will help to build strength in the company from the inside out, especially with the pressure of a potential recession in America, Fischer-Wright says.