“A collaborative culture does not simply emerge in a school or district: leaders cultivate collaborative cultures when they develop the capacity of their staffs to work as members of high-performing teams” (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, & Many, 2010, p. 153).
Last week, I got an email that talked about Google's quest for building the perfect team culture. It was great to know that we are not alone in the quest for improving how teams work together...
"In 2012, the company embarked on an initiative — code-named Project Aristotle — to study hundreds of Google’s teams and figure out why some stumbled while others soared" (Duhigg, 2016, February 25).
Of course, Google LOVES data and used lots of it throughout the study. Interestingly enough, the major finding from Project Aristotle, is the importance of a team having "psychological safety." Two characteristics of psychological safety that emerged from the study were:
Hum, I think we have heard that word, psychological safety, before from Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman. If you attended their workshop sessions on Got data? Now what? or Leading Groups, they talk about psychological safety.
Here’s some tips from their books for fostering psychological safety in your teams:
Have you used any of these strategies? If so, I'd love to hear from you.
Also, if you have any questions about these tools OR have other tips for developing psychological safety with your team, please feel free to contact Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many, T. (2010). Learning by doing: A handbook for professional learning communities at work? (2nd ed). Bloomington, IN: Soution Tree Press.
Duhigg, C. (2016, February 25). What Google learned from its quest to build the perfect team. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/what-google-learned-from-its-quest-to-build-the-perfect-team.html?_r=0
Lipton, L. & Wellman, B. (2012). Got data? Now what?: Creating and leading cultures of inquiry. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Lipton, L. & Wellman, B. (2011). Leading groups: Effective strategies for building professional community. Sherman, CT: MiraVia, LLC.
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