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5 strategies to build a great team

#BBG members at the annual gala lunch of the amazing #kookaburrakids

Inspired by HBR article 

“Build Self-Awareness with Help from Your Team” by Audrey Epstein

A Harvard study showed that 95% of people think that they are self aware – but only 5-15% of people actually are! 

An important trait of an effective team is that they give effective feedback in a positive way.

Members in high performing teams feel accountable for each other’s success, and willingly provide support and candid feedback with a spirit of generosity to help each other  be at their best.

They will

spend time debating, discussing problems, and making decisions

address unacceptable team behaviors promptly

give each other tough feedback

Talk about those “undiscussables” that others can’t talk openly about

There are 2 types of teams says Audrey 

Crappy teams  that have  distrust, politics, infighting, and gossip 


Great teams  that have trust, candor, feedback, shared goals, and joint accountability.

They talk honestly and openly about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and because they trust each other, they assume positive intent when the tougher conversations happen. It’s ok to mess up and fail. It’s ok to be vulnerable


What if you could get honest insights and feedback from coworkers who are truly committed to your success and get to see you in action all the time, on both your best and worst days? 

You can, and you will, if you build a Great Team. 

Imagine if you were surrounded by people motivated to give you useful feedback says Audrey Epstein – an emotional intelligence guru! 

Audrey gives 5 tips to building a great team 

  1. Assume positive intent. Give your teammates the benefit of the doubt. Assume they are providing feedback not to judge you but to make you better.
  2. Communicate effectively – Talk to your teammates, not about them. You can’t solve problems with gossip. Venting without follow-up action ensures that you are building cliques and solidifying rifts. Talk directly and respectfully with teammates when something goes wrong – this can solve many issues without creating drama or bringing others into it.
  3. Show that you care – Care about your teammates’ success. Celebrate wins. Ask questions about their concerns, know what their goals are, help where you can, and be a good listener and collaborator. You can’t be a  great teammate if you don’t know what drives others’ success.
  4. Hold your teammates accountable and be accountable. Push your teammates to do their best work and vice versa. Great Teams, have members challenge each other to reach their goals. They don’t spend energy watching their own backs, so they take risks and reach higher. Start by asking your teammates to challenge you. Bring them ideas and ask for input. Ask for feedback on your plans. Embrace the idea that your teammates make you better.
  5. Give and be open to get feedback. Ask your teammates what you could do to better support their success. Ask peers for suggestions on one behavior you could work on to become a better teammate. Give permission for teammates to share feedback by asking for it regularly and listening openly. Thank others for giving you feedback.

It’s up to you to build a great team of people who know, like and trust you. You need to nurture those  who will support you, and challenge you to be your best. 

Surround yourself with people who will speak their truth, even when it’s hard. And then listen. When you do, you will see an amazingly positive impact — on you, on them, and on the overall success of your team.

  • Great teams deliver stronger results, faster. They’re more innovative. 
  • They challenge you to learn more quickly and to be at your best. 
  • And, let’s face it — they’re simply more fun to work with.

Posted on June 2, 2019

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