What creates a high performing team? Google Research
Google is a data-loving organisation and so they went out to prove, (through robust, evidence based research) what makes a group of people a high performing team.
- A 3-year research project called Project Aristotle
- Analysing 180 teams
- Comparative analyses from other industries and previous psychological studies
- Identifying patterns of reliable proof
Research findings and conclusion
“What Project Aristotle has taught people within Google is that no one wants to put on a ‘work face’ when they get to the office. No one wants to leave part of his or her personality and inner life at home.
But to be fully present at work, to feel ‘‘psychologically safe,’’ we must know that we can be free enough, sometimes, to share the things that scare us without fear of recriminations. We must be able to talk about what is messy or sad, to have hard conversations with colleagues who are driving us crazy. We can’t be focused just on efficiency.
When we start the morning by collaborating with a team of engineers and then send emails to our marketing colleagues and then jump on a conference call, we want to know that those people really hear us. We want to know that work is more than just labor”.
Research Conclusion: What makes a high performing team is the quality of treatment fostered between everyone. The consideration, kindness, empathy and emotional acknowledgment for each other (clearly present within the communication norms) amongst team members, are the consistent defining features of an outstanding performing team.
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"Google proved that no one wants to put on a ‘work face’ when they get to the office. No one wants to leave part of his or her personality and inner life at home"
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3rd April 2017
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