What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

The New York Times Magazine
February 25, 2016

If you want to build a great team. the “who” doesn’t matter. It’s far more important that they have “high ‘average social sensitivity.'” IMHO, I think this means that The “Perfect Team” knows how to Maximize Others. What do you think?

-Jon


Five years ago, Google — one of the most public proselytizers of how studying workers can transform productivity — became focused on building the perfect team. In the last decade, the tech giant has spent untold millions of dollars measuring nearly every aspect of its employees’ lives. Google’s People Operations department has scrutinized everything from how frequently particular people eat together (the most productive employees tend to build larger networks by rotating dining companions) to which traits the best managers share (unsurprisingly, good communication and avoiding micromanaging is critical; more shocking, this was news to many Google managers). (Full Article)

My Guest Post for Stephen Scoggins

Breaking Daily Bread with Stephen Scoggins
April 8, 2015

book-cover[1]I had a great time being interviewed by Stephen Scoggins’ blog. Check out his blog as we discuss these leadership principles:

  • What makes an effective leader?
  • What is a common pitfall for people in a leadership position?
  • As a spiritual life coach, how do you help to equip others?
  • In your experience with coaching, what are some of the traits or habits of people who have made big changes in their lives?
  • What do you find most fulfilling about spiritual and leadership coaching?

If only I had the money to start my own business

48 Days Blog
March 9, 2015

I was able to attend a networking event his weekend with legendary Austinite, Gary Hoover. One of the (many) things he discussed was how many companies are started by boot strappers. In Dan Miller’s blog today, he shares that 69% of businesses require less than $10,000 to get started.

Many of the best ideas today are not capital intensive.  They don’t require buildings, employees, and inventory.  Fear of failure is a larger obstacle than not having any money. 

Learn more HERE.