Harvard professor J. Richard Hackman studied teams and said the strongest predictor in team effectiveness is based on the helpfulness team members display toward each other.
Not talent. Not skill. Help.
I was reflecting upon that insight and thinking about the culture of a team that helps each other.
I was riding along with a colleague yesterday and asked him whether working for our company was as good as he thought it would be. I was pleased when he said: “Better.” He continued: “I can’t believe how much I enjoy the people I get to work with every day. They help. They are willing to do anything you ask.”
We have hundreds of teams in our organization. If your team isn’t a helping team, can I ask you to lead where you stand? Lend a helping hand. Make a difference by seeking the best idea. Put your interests aside for the sake of your team. It will make us a “better” team. It will also add to your joy at work.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.