The 3 habits of great teams

As part of my inspiration building research into all things SYPartners, one of the videos I found really did connect with me. 

The video by the SYPartners chairman and founder, Keith Yamashita, was 20 minutes of pure gold dust.

In the video – The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams – shot at the annual 99u Conference [more about them in a later post!] Keith expands on his ‘great teams’ quote by talking about the key elements that make up ‘great teams’. 

Keith Yamashita: The 3 Habits of Great Creative Teams from 99U on Vimeo.

Here’s a summary of the video:

When the your team is faced with adversity does it stand strong and act boldly or does it crumble under pressure? Based on his work with over 1000 teams, Keith Yamashita shares his insights about great collaborative environments including: have an awareness beyond your day-to-day, respect the unique talents of your team members, and actively cultivate meaningful one-on-one relationship

What did I take from the video? 

Increased belief that what I was fighting for was worth it. An even bigger love towards the power of understanding our individual Superpowers [including a massive desire to get a copy of those cards!!]. And a different way of sharing this message with the team. 

So, I sent a link to this video to the members of my team and asked them to watch, to think about the messages in there, and to think about what we need to do differently to become a great team. 

We now had a basis for discussions – both at a team level and at the individual level.

These discussions then led me to an interesting discovery. Although everybody in the team knew that they were part of a small team within a bigger team, when chatting with them, on a one-to-one basis, they all didn’t seem to (a) understand how their role & tasks fitted in with the purpose of the team, and (b) see any connection between their role & tasks and the role & tasks of their peers. 

And that had to change.

So I set about improving that understanding and bringing the different parts of the team together around a shared purpose and vision. And who would have guessed it, there was a new source of inspiration to help me with that. 

This is when I found a new blog of advice, support and ideas for people just a like me – a manager who wants to manage better and make their team better. What was that blog? It was another SYPartners product – called Teamworks.

Find out how I started to use this advice in my next blog.

Great teams understand their individual superpowers

Whilst researching all things SYPartners I stumbled across this quote from their Chairman and founder, Keith Yamashita:



Some of the first actions I took in my transformation of both me and my team were to print this out and stick it on the wall, put it on the agenda of our first team meeting, and work with my team to understand that we needed to learn about and embrace our individual superpowers* if we are going to become a ‘great team’.

* and yes, that did lead to sniggers and jokes involving underpants on the outside of clothes and references to lots of comic book characters! 

This is what we we’re going to work towards.

We were going to understand ourselves better.

We were going to make progress. 

We were going to become a great team.