Thursday, June 12, 2014

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Build and Manage Great Teams

By Jeff Harden

No one does anything worthwhile alone, and that's why we all want--scratch that--why we all need--to build great teams.
But is team-building an art or a science?
Great question--one I asked Gregory Ciotti, a Customer Champion at HelpScout, a company that provides email support software for SaaS and ecommerce, if he could answer. (Gregory also has a very cool blog.)
Here's what Gregory put together:
When it comes to assembling, motivating and keeping a great team happy so that they can flourish in your business, the truth is that it's a bit of both.
There's no way to overstate how important a great team is to a business' success. The quality of the work you do will exceeds the quality of the team behind it. Yet to many an entrepreneur's and manager's dismay, teambuilding often seems as complicated as watch making--there are a lot of moving parts and things have to be just right in order to create something magical.
Fortunately, academic research on team culture and group dynamics sheds some much needed light on creating and motivating the perfect team.
Here's a look at ten of the best studies available. Check them out to learn practical steps youcan do to ensure your team is set up for success.