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Recently, I was asked a 'what if' question.
My policy is to answer direct questions as honestly as I can, so I did.
Specifically, the question was, what if you had a magic wand and could bring about one change. What would it be?
I wrote the first thing that came to mind - which was, 'more trust'.
Co-incidentally, after submitting my response I reread this article from George Couros.
It's about the one trait that distinguishes effective teams: trust.
George mentions a finding from Google's research into team effectiveness:
In other words, great teams thrive on trust.
In a team with high psychological safety, teammates feel safe to take risks around their team members. They feel confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question, or offering a new idea.
My spur of the moment thought was a good one.