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How’s your team’s chemistry?

August 6, 2013

Daily ReadHow’s your team’s chemistry?

Great teams, like great dates, depend on chemistry. The members can have all the requisite skills on paper, display competent social skills and a willingness to work hard, but without the certain special something, a team just doesn’t gel. And then it’s just not as productive. Follow these three suggestions to make sure your team has the “special sauce:

  • Prioritize social skills. Logic tells us to put the smartest people together and you have a great start, but not without social sensitivity. This must be a top quality of your team members.
  • Mix genders. Since women’s social skills tend, on average, to be a little stronger than men’s, including women is one way of prioritizing social skills.
  • Spread the story. For people to work together effectively they need to know what the story is in a more general sense. Where have we come from and where are we going?

These tips are just the surface of the findings on recent studies on what sets high-performing teams apart. For more details, read the entire article at: http://goo.gl/GW8WIh

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