I recently stumbled across a blog post titled “After years of intensive analysis, Google discovers the key to good teamwork is being nice”. I knew that Google had initiated a longitudinal study called Project Oxygen in 2009 to identify key leadership competencies. I knew that what they found was a validation of common sense – that effective leaders connect with their teams. While the finding wasn’t rocket science, the validation was huge.
The Google study I was less familiar with – Project Aristotle – sought to understand what makes a high performing team. So I did a little reading – the blog writer linked to a NYT Magazine article about Project Aristotle. (more…)