A large client portfolio… funding… best technology… top talent…
No, no, no and no – but you’re getting closer. Successful companies aren’t dominating their industries because they’ve got the best people. Actually, it’s how these employees are working together that’s of critical importance.
And, although we’re seeing more remote workers and more vacant offices, building high-performing teams is simpler than you might think. We’ll show you how Tick’s personality tests will help you, but more on this later.
So, back to teams that are crushing it. Google conducted a 180-team study and discovered that the single best indicator of a team’s effectiveness was how well they worked together and communicated. Can you believe it? Not who has the latest innovation or who’s first to emerge into an untapped area of a market. It’s not even about the talent themselves but, rather, the synergy of a team.
Let’s drill a little deeper. Google, one of the world’s most successful companies, made another interesting discovery. Employers who created an open, transparent culture for their team to share ideas without fear of criticism were at the top of their industries.
The secret ingredient? Google call it ‘psychological safety’ which simply means, mutual trust. This means fostering an environment where employees can take risks, big or small, to nurture an empowered group of people.
It’s a win-win, too. Employees can ask questions, admit errors and share new ideas – all of which adding to that inclusive dynamic. And for employers? Your team will become self-sufficient, enjoy their workday, become problem solvers, and performance-driven.
Your team: Trust? Or micro-managers?
Of course, it’s easier said than done. We’re not all Google or operate with teams of this size. Quite the opposite. But, we can still learn a lot from this study. Even as SME’s, these principles apply.
But how do you get from ‘shadow managing’ to loosening the grips and making way for more trust?
Using our personality profiling tools, for one. Unlike the confusing acronyms of the Myers Briggs tests, our personality results are designed for teams. They’re easy to understand (and remember), with insights that will shed light on how your employees communicate, react and behave. Complex psychological discoveries in an understandable format that can be used in your team management.
While trust is the secret ingredient of successful teams, Tick’s personality tools are the bridge to that mutually acknowledged trust – because you’ll understand your people better. Start by filling out your details to arrange a free sample of our profiling tests.