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Guide: Understand team effectiveness

Much of the work done at Google, and in many organizations, is done collaboratively by teams. The team is the molecular unit where real production happens, where innovative ideas are conceived and tested, and where employees experience most of their work. But it’s also where interpersonal issues, ill-suited skill sets, and unclear group goals can hinder productivity and cause friction.
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What benefits digital generalists can bring to teams?

“What benefits digital generalists can bring to teams?” by Montse Cano https://link.medium.com/gwk2VlEb1U

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How to love your team more than your donors!

How to love your team more than your donors!

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I Love It When a Team Comes Together

“I Love It When a Team Comes Together” by John Clopton https://link.medium.com/YueNGstpQT

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Different teams move at different paces

I drive a sports car. You drive a bus. I can get myself there quickly. You can get lots of people there slowly. You can’t make a bus handle like a sports car but you can tell people to get off the bus and find other means of transportation.

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Cascading mediocracy 

Three different people have explained managing a team to me as being about being able to let go of work, to allow the team members to do that work that you would have otherwise done even knowing that that won’t do as good a job as you would have.

I don’t accept that. I don’t think managing a team should be about accepting lower standards. If that’s the mindset of managers across an organisation then the more layers of management the organisation has the greater the cascading of mediocracy. And by the time it gets down to the bottom of the organisation the only quality work happens in spite of the mindset.

So, I’m not going to expect or accept that the people I work with will do a worse job than I would have done. I’m going to expect them to do it better than me. But I’m going to have to find ways to help them with that. That’s what management should be about; making the team stronger, more efficient, more effective, helping them level up.