In a world that changes at a dizzying pace, what can leaders do to build flexible and adaptive workplaces that inspire people to achieve extraordinary results? According to the authors, the answer lies in recognizing and aligning the elusive forces— or the “puzzling” pieces —that shape an organization’s culture.

With a combined seventy-five years’ worth of research, teaching, and consulting experience, Mario Moussa, Derek Newberry, and Greg Urban bring a wealth of experience to creating nimble organizations. Globally recognized business anthropologists and management experts, they explain how to access the full power of your culture by harnessing the Four Forces that drive it:

  • Vision: Embrace a common purpose that illuminates shared aspirations and plans.
  • Interest: Foster a deep commitment to authentic relationships and your organization’s future.
  • Habit: Establish routines and rituals that reinforce "the way we do things around here.”
  • Innovation: Promote the constant tinkering that produces surprising new solutions to old problems.

Filled with case studies, personal anecdotes, and solid, practical advice, this book includes a four-part Evaluator to help you build resilient organizations and teams. The Culture Puzzle offers the definitive playbook for thriving amid constant transformation.


“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

“A must read for leaders who want to understand how their organization actually works – and why. Culture Puzzle explains, in an upbeat, entertaining way, the reality that organization charts can never capture the organic nature of the teams that are so important to us, and how we can leverage the life inside them.”

~ General Stanley McChrystal, Founder and CEO, McChrystal Group


View an excerpt from the book here.