View from the Bridge: What did Google learn from studying their most successful teams?

July 28th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
With all the talk about leading and managing Millennials these days it’s tough for employers to keep up with the latest findings and approaches to working with what is now the largest demographic in the workplace. Not to mention, many Millennials are now moving into leadership roles themselves.

There are numerous studies that show Millennials prefer to work collaboratively in teams. This then begs the question….how do you ensure that you are providing a workplace environment that supports and enables teams to be extremely successful?
The article below, which recently appeared in Inc. Online, provides some great insights into the 5 traits uncovered during a 2-year Google study that are key to building the most successful teams….here’s a clue….it isn’t about compiling the best people!

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Sandra Reder

President & Founder
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GOOGLE SPENT 2 YEARS STUDYING 180 TEAMS. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONES SHARED THESE 5 TRAITS

Credit: Michael Schneider, Inc.

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, gathered several of Google’s best and brightest to help the organization codify the secrets toteam effectiveness.Specifically, Google wanted to know why some teams excelled while others fell behind.

Before this study, like many other organizations, Google Execs believed that building the best teams meant compiling the best people. It makes sense. The best engineer plus an MBA, throw in a PhD, and there you have it. The perfect team, right? In the words of Julia Rozovsky, Google’s people analytics manager, “We were dead wrong.”

Selected to lead the efforts was Abeer Dubey, Google’s Director of People Analytics (HR). Eager to find the perfect mixture of skills, backgrounds, and traits to engineer super-teams, Dubey recruited statisticians, organizational psychologists, sociologists, engineers, and researchers to help solve the riddle. Included in this all-star lineup was Rozovsky.

Fast forward two years, and Project Aristotle has managed to study 180 Google teams, conduct 200-plus interviews, and analyze over 250 different team attributes. Unfortunately, though, there was still no clear pattern of characteristics that could be plugged into a dream-team generating algorithm.

 

 

 

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