The Simple Secret To A High-Performing Team

Guest post by Jacob Shriar,

Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea.

-Ed Catmull

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The smartest leaders know that it’s their team that makes them successful. As a leader, you spend a lot of your time making sure that your team is working well together.

Setting ambitious goals and creating a fun company culture are great, but what if the team doesn’t work well together?

You’ll work hard to avoid any conflicts, to make sure everyone holds each other accountable, and that people are fully using their strengths.

Despite all the time and energy you’ll spend on creating a high-performing team, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Some teams just seem to run better than others.

Why is that?

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It’s because they’re closer with each other, they trust each other more.

The secret to a high-performing team is if everyone trusts each other.

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Like any relationship, when there is a strong level of trust, collaboration will be strong too. The foundation of a good team (like any relationship) is that everyone is comfortable enough with each other to do good work.

They can challenge each other without fear of retribution, they can share ideas without the fear of being called stupid, and they can help each other get better without embarrassment.

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Let’s look at some of the research behind this and then offer some tips on how you can build trust with your team.

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