Building Better Teams


In an effort to discover the magic ingredients to great teams, Google launched Project Aristotle and for two years researchers pored over a half-century of academic studies. Were the best teams made up of people with similar interests? Or did it matter more whether everyone was motivated by the same kinds of rewards? Project Aristotle gathered several of Google’s best and brightest to help the organization codify the secrets to team effectiveness. Julia Rozovsky, who was hired by Google to head up the project, ended up focusing on “group norms” and tried to determine which norms mattered most to successful teams. The team ended up outlining five key characteristics of enhanced teams with a huge emphasis on the first one

Psychological Safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?
Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?
Structure & Clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?
Meaning of Work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?
Impact of Work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?

Inc.com article

Longer New York Times piece

Google’s Re:Work site

(Thanks to Brandon Chambers for sharing this article)

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