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How Google thinks about team effectiveness

Learn about Google’s internal research effort to understand what makes an effective team, and what your organization can do to build great teams.

Astronauts in training: Building trust and open feedback channels

On the 2.5-years-long Mars mission, it will take 22 minutes to send a message from Earth to the spaceship and then 22 more minutes to respond. To deal with these types of hurdles, NASA trains space and ground crews extensively on communication skills.

“Houston, this is Station...”: Mission-critical communication for teams

“CAPCOMs can really make your day.” This simple journal entry by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) shows just how important communication can be to the success of a team orbiting hundreds of miles above the Earth.

A bit of self-reflection can help us become our best selves

To become our better selves it helps to visualize our best selves. Research shows that by reflecting on the type of people we want to be, we wind up feeling more psychological safety and elevating not only our own performance, but that of our entire team.

How the Saturday Night Live team keeps it safe (and funny)

The personalities on Saturday Night Live’s first season seem like they could have been a disastrous team. But SNL not only had a great first season, it’s also become a successful institution despite constant cast changes. So how did they do it?

New guide and tools to understand team effectiveness

When Google set out to understand what makes for an effective team, the researchers thought team composition would be most important. But it turned out that how a team interacts is far more important than who is on the team.

Why psychological safety matters and what to do about it

Speaking up at work can be difficult. People worry that their boss or colleagues won’t like what they have to say. As a result, people hold back on everything from good ideas to great questions. But by fostering psychological safety, all employees can feel safe to speak up.

What makes one team smarter than another?

From Olympic hockey teams to presidential cabinets, we tend to focus on the individuals when trying to predict team performance. But research shows that measuring collective intelligence is a far better indicator of success than any individual's performance.

What this Empire writer learned from Tim Burton about creativity

When trying to get creative with a team of creatives, how does Hollywood brainstorm? Wendy Calhoun, who has written for Empire, Justified, Nashville, and more, explains the creative process that happens in writers’ rooms.

Why the best people don’t mean the best teams

The Justice League has it wrong. The best teams aren’t necessarily all the superstar (or superhero) performers. They are the ones with the most diversity, research shows.

Teams in space!

Think your office is crowded? Imagine being locked in a four-bedroom house with six of your colleagues for TWO AND A HALF years. That’s what getting to Mars will take and it will require a lot of teamwork.

Watch: Google’s researchers on what makes an effective team

Collaborative teams do much of the work at organizations everywhere, but what makes a team effective? Google’s People Analytics group set out to answer this question and it turns out the how matters more than who.

Tune in Wednesday @ 11am PT to talk teams

Google’s People Analytics researchers Julia Rozovsky and Abeer Dubey will be talking about their study of effective teams live on Wednesday, June 22 at 11am PT. Tune in to see their presentation and ask your questions.

The five keys to a successful Google team

Pod. Work group. Committee. Autonomous collective. Whatever you call it, you’re part of one at Google and probably wherever you work: a team. So if we know what makes managers great, why don’t we know what makes a team great?