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Teams are often where real production happens and where employees experience most of their work. Understanding team effectiveness involves looking at complex dynamics and demographics.

The quality of one’s relationship with one’s teammates can have a huge impact on performance, engagement, and innovativeness. Researchers have been looking at what makes team effective for years, and the many possible dysfunctions of teams are well documented. One idea that has been growing in popularity is that teams that can trust one another, that allow for questioning, risk taking, and mistakes, perform better. The idea is called psychological safety and it’s been studied in office workers, hospital nurses, and even astronauts.

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.
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