3 Simple Habits of a Highly Effective Team

10:41 PM / Posted by Andy Harjanto /

Effective Team Collaboration has been studied for so many years. This post does not try to repeat of what has been researched intensively, instead, this blog post is based on my 20 years of experience working with various different teams around the world.

Given the rapid changes in technology and in the market recently, such as social computing, cloud computing, social media and mobile, we’ll also focus on taking advantage of this trend in applying to your team. But more importantly, having observed the patterns over and over again, I propose three simple habits that a team should follow to yield impressive productivity gains and keeping team’s morale high. Again, I’m not interested in high level recommendation, but I’ll go into a few specific actions that you need to implement.

Yes, you can start implementing them today. As with any other guidelines, it requires discipline to produce consistent results. I have practiced them over and over again in the past a few years, and I can honestly say, I’m very pleased with the results.

The presentation below goes into details what the 3 habits are. I really hope it helps many teams around the world, whether you’re in high-tech, manufacturing, health or financial or any other industries, it does not matter. Please share your results with rest of us. I’m really looking forward to reading and discussing your comments. Nothing is more rewarding than helping others achieving their goals, or seeing that we help each other.

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Comment by Glenn Gruber on September 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Interesting post and nice PPT. But basically it seems like you're applying the principles of Agile software development (break work into short sprints, daily stand up meetings to review progress, team transparency) to any activity. Right?

Comment by Andy Harjanto on September 14, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Hi Glenn.
I'm a big fan of agile software development. It defintely has its place in software development. My presentation is about what I have observed in the past 20 years of being in many projects. I was focus on the top 3 critical behaviors. In addition, I keep looking for technology that could help us shapping the behaviors. For example, with the popularity of social computing, the transparency pillar becomes easy.

Comment by wotlip on November 26, 2009 at 5:24 AM

Hi Andy,

Could you explain more the slide 24 "Progress expectancy for each individual". I don't really catch the meaning...

Thanks in advance


Comment by Andy Harjanto on November 26, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Hi Serge,
There are many factors why an individual makes a better progress than other individual. I pick 3 biggest factors. 2 from individual within; which is talent and drive (persistency). I have a strong feeling that persistency is more important than talent. Talent can get you so far, but drive would yield consistent results. Only few jobs in the world requires extreme talents and extreme persistency. Many jobs in the world can be achieved with average talent and high drive. Culture fit is very important too, because you'll work in the group settings. If you don't feel belong to a group culturally, it's really hard to be effective. I meant to write another persentation on exactly this topic. Please stay tuned.

Comment by wotlip on November 26, 2009 at 9:59 AM

OK, Got it ! Thanks a lot ! I really appreciate the job done in this presentation.

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