Quest To Build The Perfect Team

Google set out to conduct a vast meta-analysis of what works (and what doesn’t) to create the best teams, figuring that as more and more of people’s work involves collaboration with others, it is critical to increase the likelihood of teams being successful.

This New York Times article is fascinating for the insights in to how they went about it, and what they discovered.

New York Times – What Google Learned From Its Quest To Build The Perfect Team

As the article mentions, teams are a critical part of how modern schools work and as leaders we are always seeking more effective ways for teams to harness different people’s capabilities to enhance the overall leaning experience for students. Teams are also a vital part of how the leadership of a school ensures that all parts work effectively with each other and make effective use of resources, space and time.

I also found it fascinating to read the piece from the perspective of how we are preparing children for their future roles as team members in companies and organisations. From this perspective it was disturbing as I felt that still way too little of what’s happening is really geared to enabling students to build the critical skills necessary.

What the article identifies, very clearly, is that for people to function effectively in teams (and for those teams to be effective) empathy, sensitivity to the feelings and needs of fellow team members are critical. Children will not grow up with high levels of these skills if talked at endlessly by teachers in pursuit of standardised test scores, or playing endless hours of computer games and watching youtube videos!

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