The Nine Habits of Great Teams
Over the last 20 years, as we’ve watched and advised teams in action, we’ve developed a set of nine habits we believe any team should adopt to be—and stay—great. Teamworks helps you learn these habits, and put them into practice.
Understand people’s strengths—and play to them.
Great teams know and use everyone’s superpowers. They match the assignments to people’s skills. They create the conditions everyone needs to produce their best work.
Make the work meaningful.
Great teams have a higher ideal guiding the choices they make. Their work feels meaningful, and even the hard times seem worthwhile.
See and take charge of the forces affecting you.
Great teams routinely examine the forces around them—like time, budget, metrics, trends. And they look for ways to maximize positive forces and minimize negative ones.
Focus the team’s time and energy around a big ambition.
Great teams direct their time, energy, and resources into one or two ambitious endeavors—ones with the highest potential for impact. And they say no to everything else.
Define what victory looks like.
Great teams set well-defined goals. There’s clarity about what the team is trying to achieve, when they expect to achieve it, the roles people will play, and how they’ll recognize victory.
Get creative in how you see and solve problems.
Great teams reframe obstacles into opportunities. They look at a tough situation from multiple angles, creatively solve the problem, and adapt to change without missing a beat.
Take the time to build and deepen trust.
Great teams work on building strong, trusting duos. They regularly take the pulse of relationships on the team. And they continually make time to forge and maintain strong bonds with one another.
Find out what people need to see in order to commit.
Great teams create the belief required to take action. They constantly measure and build conviction within the team and inspire key people outside the team.
Make smart decisions that stick.
Great teams gather the info they need, weigh the pros and cons, and commit. And they ensure there’s a solid plan and good communication once the decision has been made.