12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans. May your actions speak louder than your words.
May your life preach louder than your lips. May your success be your noise in the end. The result of enormous success is often pretty noisy – lots of people talking, writing and sharing stories about it. The actual process of achieving enormous success, on the other hand, is far more discreet. But it’s this process that happens quietly, behind-the-scenes, that makes all the difference in the world. The Neuroscience of the Gut. People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realized.
Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that normal gut flora, the bacteria that inhabit our intestines, have a significant impact on brain development and subsequent adult behavior. We human beings may think of ourselves as a highly evolved species of conscious individuals, but we are all far less human than most of us appreciate. Scientists have long recognized that the bacterial cells inhabiting our skin and gut outnumber human cells by ten-to-one.
Indeed, Princeton University scientist Bonnie Bassler compared the approximately 30,000 human genes found in the average human to the more than 3 million bacterial genes inhabiting us, concluding that we are at most one percent human. Re:Work - Guide: Understand team effectiveness. Much of the work done at Google, and in many organizations, is done collaboratively by teams.
The team is the molecular unit where real production happens, where innovative ideas are conceived and tested, and where employees experience most of their work. But it’s also where interpersonal issues, ill-suited skill sets, and unclear group goals can hinder productivity and cause friction. Following the success of Google’s Project Oxygen research where the People Analytics team studied what makes a great manager, Google researchers applied a similar method to discover the secrets of effective teams at Google. Code-named Project Aristotle - a tribute to Aristotle’s quote, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" (as the Google researchers believed employees can do more working together than alone) - the goal was to answer the question: “What makes a team effective at Google?”
The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others. Running a software company in Boston, I recognized — and my board told me — that we needed to reposition the business.
Our product was too bland, too generic to stimulate excitement or loyalty. I needed a team to help me, and I ended up working through the problem with a motley crew: a young web developer, a seasoned and eccentric media executive, a visual artist, and me. ✔ Effective Communication in a Team [part 2]: my 7 rules for improving interpersonal relations. In my last article on communication I've discussed about my 5 general rules of communicating within a team.
We talked about the importance of being prepared, of writing clearly, choosing the right communication channel... and also body language.. and even spicing it up with emoticons or memes. Now let's talk about the importance of building strong interpersonal relations with your team in order to communicate even better. ✔ Effective Communication in a Team - part 1: my 5 general rules. Note: This article is based on my Editor’s note from the 11th issue of the Polish edition of the Productive!
Magazine. Being extremely happy with the changes that we've implemented by the end of last year in the Nozbe team, I often think that there are still things that can be improved. Google Finds That Successful Teams Are About Norms Not Just Smarts. Which Google employees has made the biggest impact to the company over the past decade?
Besides the familiar choices of Larry and Sundar, I’d nominate Google’s outgoing CPO Laszlo Bock. Under Laszlo’s direction Google’s hiring and management assumptions have been challenged by real data, resulting in transformative shifts such as *not* assuming college test scores are a predictor of success as a Googler. Another important question was “What makes a team successful (or not)?” And Google’s research into this topic was beautifully recounted in a NYTimes Magazine article earlier this year. It would make sense to start with some assumption that a team’s success is tied to its composition in some fixed way. Re:Work - Guide: Understand team effectiveness. Re:Work - Guide: Understand team effectiveness. Les 5 clés des équipes qui réussissent. Re:Work - The five keys to a successful Google team. Pod.
Work group. Committee. Autonomous collective. Whatever you call it, you’re part of one at Google and probably wherever you work: a team. So if we know what makes managers great, why don’t we know what makes a team great? Isegoria. Social sensitivity mind reading. 3 characteristics smart team. Interactions between members. Interactions between members. Le secret des équipes les plus productives est simple: la gentillesse.
Le secret des équipes performantes. The New Science of Building Great Teams. Artwork: Andy Gilmore, Chromatic, 2010, digital drawing If you were looking for teams to rig for success, a call center would be a good place to start.
The skills required for call center work are easy to identify and hire for. Les 5 clés des équipes qui réussissent. Team effectiveness.