7 years ago, Google tried to study what makes a perfect team—and researchers were shocked by the results
7 years ago, Google studied and found what makes the perfect team.
Here are the 5 core principles:
1. Psychological safety: Everyone feels safe in taking risks around their team members, and that they won’t be embarrassed or punished for doing so.
2. Dependability: Everyone completes quality work on time.
3. Structure and clarity: Everyone knows their specific expectations are. These expectations must be challenging yet attainable.
4. Meaning: Everyone has a sense of purpose in their work (i.e., financial security, supporting family, helping the team succeed, etc.).
5. Impact: Everyone sees that the result of their work actually contributes to the organization’s overall goals.
This being said, many disagree which such pragmatic results, arguing instead for the benefits of emotional intelligence and personal bonding over sheer output.
This great HBR article looks at this aspect in more details (as does, to be fair, the original CNBC source). It notably looks at how personality affects:
- What role you have within the team
- How you interact with the rest of the team
- Whether your values (core beliefs) align with the team’s