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Building an Interdisciplinary Team That Can Handle Any Project

Hire for curiosity

It is important to find people who are incredibly talented and have great expertise but do not mind to put their ideas up for scrutiny. 

A quality of interdisciplinary teams is that they value curiosity and consider many different expert approaches for the best overall solution.

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Building an Interdisciplinary Team That Can Handle Any Project

Building an Interdisciplinary Team That Can Handle Any Project

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The successful interdisciplinary team

The key to creating innovative solutions is to bring together a diverse group of people to tackle every project from Day 1.

Having an interdisciplinary team with varying skills and knowledge, and working so close together, can be challenging to manage.

Leave room for real dialogue

Interdisciplinary teams have to leave room so that real work can get done. Because they have multiple projects, they try to limit the loss of brainpower by working for days together on one project instead of jumping between tasks.

Working together in this way ensures that people know everything that is going on, and this allows for debate and questioning that comes with bringing diverse thinkers together.

‘Psychologically safe’ environment

Successful teams allow for mistakes. The team members feel safe to be as creative as possible.

Every aspect can be re-engineered to allow for internal team feedback, allowing the team to self-manage, and for the team to know that their individual successes are meaningfully linked to the success of the group.

Let teams self-police within a structure

While it is necessary to give teams the freedom to work as they see fit, it is still vital to create a framework that keeps the team moving forward together.

Every team can have a team leader and account director. The team leader can remove obstacles for the team. An account director can be a stand-in for the client to help if the team gets divided with decisions.

Foster community and creativity

Offices should be designed to facilitate communication, warmth, and interaction. If you want people to be creative and bring their best selves, you can't expect them to stand at the same desk for many hours in a day.

For example, have an outdoor dining area full of plants and a huge, inviting communal table.

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Change the setting sometimes

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If there’s nothing to discuss, it’s ok to cancel. People, too often, view 1:1s as mandatory, but it’s refreshing when you both acknowledge that things are ok for now, or the time may be better spent other ways.

Let the employee own the agenda

It is a simple, symbolic practice that helps them feel ownership and autonomy for their work and their time. 

You’re saying, “You tell me what’s important,” and of course you can coach and guide them to help refine over time what’s important. 

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First-principles thinking

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Cutting through the dogma

If we never learn to take something apart, test the assumptions, and reconstruct it, we end up trapped in what other people tell us.

We remain trapped in the way things have always been done. When the environment changes, we just continue as if things were the same.

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