My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Super stories, super insights and super learnings from Khoi Tu. An easy read though quite thought provoking for anyone in a team, building a team, running a team or trying to fix a team. Find out why the SAS, the British Red Cross, team Ferrari F1, the Rolling Stones and Pixar are ‘superteams’.
My 7 top takeaways for building superteams:
- You need a set of shared objectives (clear common purpose); this is the most potent force in attracting the right talent and in getting them to want to do great work, together.
- Great teams are led by great adaptive leaders (there is no single style preference here) but you have to lead by example and ultimately foster a team of leaders
- The best teams start by bringing in the best individuals for every role; however, choose people that know they aren’t perfect, but pursue excellence always and want to get better by surrounding themselves with excellence
- You have to get the small things/routines right to create the best environment for success (agendas, team size, engagement rules, clear roles, etc)
- Individuals have to respect each others’ skills and contributions and have to build trust in each other in order to thrive under pressure
- Avoid comfortable harmony and ‘groupthink’; foster and harness conflict and abrasion to ensure sparks of creativity thrive
- You have to continuously improve; reflect, review, feedback and change (“this is how we do things here” – is a killer); always seek ideas for improvement from your team using both success and failure as lessons for learning.
I highly recommend this book.
Here’s a link to Khoi Tu’s TED Talk – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLw4vDveH-s
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