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Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits

Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of the company's most interesting initiatives, Project Aristotle, gathered several of Google's best and brightest to help the organization codify the secrets to team effectiveness. Specifically, Google wanted to know why some teams excelled while others fell behind. Before this study, like many other organizations, Google execs believed that building the best teams meant compiling the best people. It makes sense. The best engineer plus an MBA, throw in a PhD, and there you have it. Selected to lead the efforts was Abeer Dubey, Google's director of people analytics (HR). Fast forward two years, and Project Aristotle has managed to study 180 Google teams, conduct 200-plus interviews, and analyze over 250 different team attributes. 1. Team members get things done on time and meet expectations. 2. 3. 4. Yes, that's four, not five. 5.

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