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The Key Habit Of Highly Effective Teams

The Key Habit Of Highly Effective Teams
In Silicon Valley, where I work, teams are obsessed with crossing the divide between having great dreams and actually achieving them. It's the difference between world-shaking impact and dreaded obscurity. I've personally been on teams that have experienced both, and I've observed many more in action.


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Teams with clarity

...know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and who’s responsible.

Mostly, teams get clarity from leaders who are habitual about creating it. 

And that takes commitment to three things: Clarity of purpose, clarity of plan, and clarity of responsibility.



Clarity of Purpose

If you have clarity of purpose, everyone is on the same page when asked, “If we’re wildly successful, how will the world be different?”

Some of the best teams in the business today are those driven by a purpose connected to a vision for a more helpful, innovative, or thriving world. 


Clarity of plan

It provides the “how”:

  1. Spend a few days in focused planning with your team.
  2. Lay out the pillars that you believe will lead to success in your mission–your “master strategy.”
  3. Establish a set of measurable key results that you aim to achieve by specific dates, to support these pillars.
  4. Map out the big projects that your team will take on to achieve those key results, and then the specific tasks to achieve them. 


Clarity of responsibility

...answers the question of “who". When no one is responsible for something, it doesn’t get done. When two or more people share unclear responsibility, it still doesn’t get done.

The clarity of responsibility ensures that one person holds the ultimate responsibility for each piece of the plan. 



Jack Welch

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive..."

Jack Welch


Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

Treat Everyone with Respect

When you're building a team or company, you simply can't afford to lose great people. Treat them with respect and you're one step closer to keeping them on your team long-term.

Encourage Dissent

To do great things, you and your people need to consistently think outside the box. You need people who feel very comfortable disagreeing with you, trying new things, tossing out new ideas, and being okay with the fact that several of their ideas may turn out to be outright awful.

Make the Final Decision and Move On

If you are the manager, make final decisions. And to do so decisively: evaluate all the options in front of you, hear and absorb everyone's arguments, and ultimately make the final call, with arguments. 

Even if you've expressed dissent as an employee, it'll benefit you to let your manager make their call and then focus on what's next, rather than staying preoccupied with past decisions.

Leaderships skills related to EQ

  • Working to inspire and motivate those around;
  • Focus on collaboration between team members, which creates synergy and a better experience for employees;
  • “Walking the talk,...