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NCDOC makes culture a visible priority across the Command. In fact, we take deliberate steps to attract teammates for their personality, passion, and commitment to the team, as much as we do competence to include modifying our advertisements on CMS-ID for Sailors and USAJOBS for civilians. Our hiring panel is focused on choosing the right teammates to join our team, not mere employees to do a job. We affectionately refer to the team charged with inspiring these changes and shaping our Command Culture as our Culture Club. Where most Commands are comfortable with the reactive model governed by a Command Assessment Team (CAT), we take a proactive approach and favor shaping over merely assessing.

In an effort to give our potential teammates a glimpse into the culture we are shaping, and help fuel the continued evolution across our team, we offer the below recommended books, TED Talks, and games for your consumption. We are a team of warfighting geeks who make it a point to read, watch, and play both at and away from work. The items on each of these lists will change as we continue to grow, develop, and learn about new books, new talks, and new games. Until then, enjoy and let us know what you think of our recommendations.

Top 10 Reading List for 2017 

  • Start With Why (Simon Sinek)
  • The Originals (Adam Grant)
  • Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg)
  • Drive (Daniel Pink)
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (Gen. Stanley McChrystal)
  • Made to Stick (Chip Heath & Dan Heath)
  • Creativity, Inc. (Ed Catmull)
  • The Element (Ken Robinson)
  • The Innovators Dilemma (Clayton Christensen)
  • Leaders Eat Last (Simon Sinek)
  • Give and Take (Adam Grant)

Top 10 Video Games & Board Games

Watch “Gaming can make the world better” (Jane McGonigal) for the benefits of gaming! The games selected also assist in the development of the following skills.


 Video Games

Skill Development 

 Rise of the Tomb Raider

Problem solving, critical thinking, empathy, organization 

 Call of Duty

Team building, history, current/future events, camaraderie

Fallout IV

Problem solving, perseverance, patience, exploration

Uplink: Hacker Elite

Critical thinking, hacking, simulation


Team building, leadership, social skills

The Gears of War

History, current events, possible future events

The Halo Series

History, current events, possible future events

Diablo III

Creativity, team building, growth, progression

Witcher III

Organization, problem solving, creativity


Team building, leadership, followership, strategy

 Board / Tactile Games

Skill Development


Strategy, increases IQ, improves memory, empathy


Deductive reasoning, logic by elimination, weapons

Risk/Axis and Allies/Stratego

Strategy, strategy, strategy!


Builds vocabulary, spelling, and creativity

Trivial Pursuit

Memorization, knowledge retention, culture, geography

Dungeons & Dragons

Creativity, exploration, imagination, intelligence

Rubik's Cube

Patterns, algorithms, relaxes the mind, reboot


Socialization, team building, ice breaker


Craftiness, negotiations, business, money management


Strategy, forethought, creativity