It’s a fact that great teams and great teamwork are keys to success, but what makes a great team? Much time has been spent trying to find the answer and there are some clear common denominators: a shared sense of purpose and supportive organizational structure are two. But there is something else. Google conducted Project Aristotle to find out what was at the heart of a great team and came to the conclusion that it was ‘psychological safety’. Teams that performed best were the ones where fear of rejection, punishment or humiliation weren’t the norm. Identifying unwanted norms, therefore, could be the way of turning your team or organization from an adequate one, to a great one.
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