Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

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  • Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people
  • One of the company’s most interesting initiatives, Project Aristotle,  helped the organization codify the secrets to team effectiveness
  • Specifically, Google wanted to know why some teams excelled while others fell behind
  • Google discovered what are known as “group norms” – the traditions, behavioral standards, and unwritten rules that govern how teams function when they gather
  • They are
  • 1/ Dependability – Team members get things done on time and meet expectations
  • 2/ Structure and clarity – High-performing teams have clear goals, and have well-defined roles within the group
  • 3/ Meaning – The work has personal significance to each member
  • 4/ Impact – The group believes their work is purposeful and positively impacts the greater good
  • 5/ Psychological Safety – A situation in which everyone is safe to take risks, voice their opinions, and ask judgment-free questions.

Through Google’s Re:Work website, a resource that shares Google’s research, ideas, and practices on people operations, Rozovsky outlined the five key characteristics of enhanced teams.