Designing a high-performing team - Alison Coward
- How do you do your best work?
- Can your team learn to work better together? Do you believe that collaboration is a skill?
- Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck, Mindset)
- Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
- Members of teams with fixed mindset don’t want to challange each other, they are afraid to make mistakes infront of each other.
Members of teams with growth mindset would outperform teams with fixed mindset.
- What new ways of working can you create together?
Building new team habits (and rituals) What are the habbits now? What should be changed?
- Two Factors for effective teams:
HOW you work together is more important than WHAT you are working on, and even WHO you are working with.
- MIT Human Dynamic Lab - Harward Business review April 2010, “The New Science of Building Great Teams”
- The high performing, the most effective teams
- Communicate frequently
- Talk and listen in equal measure (no one person dominating)
- Engage in frequent informal communication (Social channels as well)
- Conversation is dynamic
- Google’s Project Aristotle
- Impact of work
- Meaning of work
- Structure and clarity
- Psychological safety
- Dr. Tasha Eurich “Insight” - 95% of the people think they are self-aware, but only about 10-15% really are.
- Ivar Kroghrud team work user manual
- Adam Bryant interviewing Ivar Kroghrud
- Self awareness:
- When are yourmost productive hours?
- When do you get your best ideas?
- What does your ideal workday look like?
- Better Meetings and Workshops
- $37 billion is wasted on unproductive meetings in US every year
- Design your meetings:
- What is the purpose of the meeting?
- What is the best format for the meeting?
- Meeting rhythms
Google ventures anxiety parties
- Braden Kowitz Check-in rounds “The more honest we are with each other, the better we work together. And that’s why check-in rounds are one of the best ways to get higher output from your team.”
Creating trust and psychological safety within the team.
Asana’s “No meeting wednesdays” - to get a long strech of uninterrapted time to get work done.
- Improve meetings by:
- Have a facilitator - to step back and took an outside view of the meeting (a person who is not involved).
- Make it dynamic (people stand up, use stickers, move things, not just sit around a table).
- Give people time to think individually (some people, extroverts? will be quicker to speak up not giving time for others to think over the issue).
- Decide what are youdoing in the meeting:
- Ideas vs. Decisions
- divergent thinking (idea generation) vs. convergent thinking (decision making)
- You can’t do them at the same time.
- Productive Conflict (People-based conflict is bad; Task-based, ideas-based conflict is excellent, but you need to create safe space for it)
- Brainstorming session
- Critical mode (let’s challange each other)
- Team habbits (routines, rituals)
- How you meet
- How you share ideas
- Social time
- Alone time
Etsy’s Sharing mistakes - Phaidon Failed it!
- How do you change behaviour?
- Bit by bit (1% change)
- Design - Test changes