355 - Shane Snow: Are You Ideal to Work With? (What Makes a Good Team)

This is Shane Snow’s third time on the podcast. And we had a lot to cover. Shane is the author of, “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” (An incredibly intelligent book.) And he’s also the cofounder of “Contently,” a content strategy company that helps businesses grow. Shane’s taught me a lot about solving problems in unconventional ways. And in this episode he teaches me about the 4 elements that make someone “ideal to work with.” See, he’s been studying teams. And just wrote a book about it (coming out in June) called “Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart.”

Links and Resources

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow

Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart by Shane Snow

Contently - the company Shane co-founded

Take The Open Mindedness Test on Shane’s Website


Also Mentioned

Ep. 168 - Tony Hawk: Don’t Stand Still

The Peekaboo Paradox by Gene Weingarten


Malcolm Gladwell

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (how Shane learned to be a better writer) 

JJ Abrams

John F. Kennedy

Rizza of the Wu Tang Clan

Malcolm X

Martin Luther King

Bayard Rustin

12 Rule for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson


The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership by Sam Walker

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb

Elijah Muhammad

Hamilton the Musical

Bob Dylan

Elon Musk



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