What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

www.nytimes.com

NYT has a fantastic multi-part series on building great teams titled "The Work Issue: Reimagining the Office". Articles range from: How to Build a Perfect Team (awesome read!), The War on Meetings, Failure to Launch, The "Good Jobs" Gamble, Rethinking the Work-Life Equation, and more.

"What interested the researchers most, however, was that teams that did well on one assignment usually did well on all the others. Conversely, teams that failed at one thing seemed to fail at everything. The researchers eventually concluded that what distinguished the ‘‘good’’ teams from the dysfunctional groups was how teammates treated one another. The right norms, in other words, could raise a group’s collective intelligence, whereas the wrong norms could hobble a team, even if, individually, all the members were exceptionally bright."

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