How To Build the Perfect Team

At the 2004 Olympic games, the USA basketball “Dream Team” was poised for what most thought would be dominant rise to the gold.  The team’s roster included past and present greats.  But that was not enough this team that included LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, and others barely made it to come home with a bronze.

What did we learn from this – obviously, gathering the best of the best, is not enough.  Google did a comprehensive research study and amassed volumes of data on what is needed to build the best team.  Professionals from math and science analyzed the data and came up with 5 key ingredients needed to build a great team:

  1. Dependability
  2. Structure and Clarity
  3. Meaning
  4. Impact
  5. Psychological Safety

The study shows that talent is not everything, developing an inner rhythm of behavioral excellence and creating a unifying culture with these 5 key ingredients can create a strong team.

Read more from Changing the Game Project:  Google it! What Youth Sports Can Learn from the Tech Giant About Building Great Teams

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