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Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams

5 characteristics of effective teams

  1. Psychological safety: team members feel safe to take risks and to be vulnerable in front of each other.
  2. Dependability: Team members get things done on time.
  3. Structure and Clarity: team members have clear roles, plans and goals.
  4. Meaning: work is personally important to team members.
  5. Impact: team members think their work matters and creates change.

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Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams

Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/12/googles-surprising-discovery-about-effective-teams/

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Key Ideas

For a team to be high-performing...

...who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions.

5 characteristics of effective teams

  1. Psychological safety: team members feel safe to take risks and to be vulnerable in front of each other.
  2. Dependability: Team members get things done on time.
  3. Structure and Clarity: team members have clear roles, plans and goals.
  4. Meaning: work is personally important to team members.
  5. Impact: team members think their work matters and creates change.

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