“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
This quote from Aristotle was the inspiration for the title of a project Google embarked on a few years ago to answer the question – “What makes a team effective?”
And while Google was specifically looking at their own teams, the answers they found in Project Aristotle can be implemented and used to make your teams more effective and improve their performance.
The number one thing Google found that improved the performance of any team, the one thing that made them more effective and more cohesive, was psychological safety.
Feeling safe, knowing that they can work, share (the right amount) about their personal lives, share thoughts, ideas, and frustrations about their work environment and not be gossiped about, belittled, moved off of groups and projects, and have their future impacted, was the number one factor in creating an effective team.
So what does that mean for you? How can you make sure your team feels psychologically safe?
Watch today’s video for some ideas you can use to make your team feel safe, and in return, make them as effective as they can be.
Toward real connection—online and off,
PS – If you’re looking for more concrete ways to connect your team, here are 2 more videos that will help you out with that.