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Look for the Good Apples

Look for the Good Apples

Developing your own personal good apple armor

Researching the “Good Apples” chapter, Coyle began to notice some of the “little moments of social interaction” that can help make a team Nick-resistant were consistent—“whether the group was a military unity or a movie studio or an inner-city school.”

It’s not as complicated as you might presume. In fact, the following sampling of simple, practical maxims from The Culture Code can get you started:

  • Close proximity, often in circles
  • Profuse amounts of eye contact
  • Humor, laughter
  • Physical touch (handshakes, fist bumps, hugs)
  • Intensive, active listening
  • Lots of short, energetic exchanges (no long speeches)
  • High levels of mixing; everyone talks to everyone