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"Strengthening teams is the most critical yet underserved topic in business today, with nothing else close. And Dream Teams is truly amazing. The writing and storytelling here is phenomenal."

-Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0


The Surprising Science of
Dream Teams

Award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow takes you on an adventure, exploring incredible teams in history and revealing the counterintuitive reasons why so many partnerships and groups break down—and why some break through.


The best teams are more than the sum of their parts, but why does collaboration so often fail to fulfill this promise? In Dream Teams, Snow takes us an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, exploring what separates groups that simply get by together from those that get better together.

You'll learn:

  • How ragtag teams—from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirate—beat odds throughout history.
  • Why DaimlerChrysler flopped while the Wu-Tang Clan succeeded, and the surprising factor behind most failed mergers, marriages, and partnerships.
  • What the Wright Brothers' daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving.
  • Pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies that did the incredible together.
  • The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.
  • And how your own teams can break through because of it all!

Provocative and entertaining, Dream Teams is a landmark work that will change the way we think about people, progress, and collaboration.


About Shane Snow

"A clear, beautiful writer who doesn't succumb to business gobbledygook."
-The New York Times

Shane Snow is an award-winning science and business journalist based in New York City. He is the founder of Contently, a media technology firm whose team has been repeatedly awarded, “Best places to work in New York” by Crains and “Best places to work in Media and Marketing” by AdAge, as well as Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in America.