If you believe that "building the best teams means compiling the best people" you may be "dead wrong."
Google outlines "the five key characteristics of enhanced teams" as
- Dependability. Team members get things done on time and meet expectations.
- Structure and clarity. High performing teams have clear goals, plan and have well-defined roles within the group.
- Meaning. The work has personal significance to each member.
- Impact. The group believes their work is purposeful and positively impacts the greater good.
and most importantly: Psychological Safety! See below.
Psychological Safety We've all been in meetings and, due to the fear of seeming incompetent, have held back questions and neglected to share ideas. I get it. I've been there. It's unnerving to feel like you're in an environment where everything you do or say is under a microscope. For a second, imagine a different setting. A situation in which everyone is safe to take risks, voice their opinions, and ask judgment-free questions. A culture where managers provide air cover and create safe zones where employees can let down their guard. That's psychological safety. I know, not the quantitative data that you were hoping for. However, Google found that teams with psychologically safe environments had employees who were less likely to leave, more likely to harness the power of diversity, and ultimately, who were more successful.