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What Makes A Good Team

Teams are made of humans, but what truly matters is how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie break down five critical aspects that are important to building a good and successful team. Identified in a research study done by Google, the aspects are Psychological Safety, Dependability, Structure & Clarity, Meaning of Work, and Impact of Work. They discuss what they are, what are some signs that your team might need to improve on any of these, and how to approach them properly. Susan and CrisMarie also touch on some other characteristics that one would think to be critical, such as extroversion, individual performance, and workload size, among others, and explain why they are not to be considered critical.

Tune in to this episode to learn why the key to successful teams is not the perfect combination of its members but the healthy work and interaction dynamics they implement!

If you’d like us to speak at your organization about conflict, stress, team-building, or leadership, work with your team virtually, or coach you or leaders on your team, reach out to us!

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Key Take-Aways

  • Which role categories can be found within work teams.

  • What is the most common barrier to having a good team.

  • Which are the five key dynamics of a good team.

  • How to identify if your team needs to improve one of those dynamics.

  • What characteristics in a team are less important than they seem to be.


  • Check out the re:Work Team Effectiveness Discussion Guide here!

  • Explore the Google re:Work Website!


CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

Download the eBook, How to Talk About Difficult Topics, today!

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