Heard this on Noisia Radio. Hit me like a brick, in the best possible sense.
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. The short version is that the most important thing to building a team is what they call “psychological safety”. It’s a great article, albeit a bit long. One big insight is that even just allowing everyone to get a chance to speak is a big step in getting a culture to thrive.
from the DealBook. The short version is that we need each of these four things:
- Get enough rest, including some slack time during the work day
- Feel valued and appreciated
- Deep focus on highest priorities
- Connection to a mission / something greater
In a survey they ran, almost 60% of respondents reported they don’t have any of the above four things. Fucking nuts, but also entirely believable.
from HBR. It’s easy to discount this as being a common sense statement, but the reality is that getting to a positive culture is hard. Focusing on the people also can easily get hidden behind other motives.
In a sense, then, this article is about flipping perspective a bit: look to change the underlying drivers of our behaviors, and by doing that everything else becomes easier.
Holy. Shit. This is the best thing I’ve seen in a little while. So hilarious, and on point.
So good. Bonkers crew, true to form, and some incredibly solid music.