How to Create a Great Team Culture

This morning I woke up and put my cell phone on the tile ledge surrounding the Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom of my bedroom.  The ledge is 22 inches in height. My Samsung Galaxy 8+ had on an “i-Blason Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus case, [Ares] Full-Body Rugged Clear Bumper Case with Built-in Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus 2017 Release (Black)” cover. It fell and hit the floor. The screen cracked on one corner. Not sure what was the purpose of the protector. I will be replacing my cell phone in the near future with a Google Pixel 3a XL.

A couple weeks ago my wife left her Samsung Galaxy 8+ phone in a cab in Lisbon, Portugal. When we got back she got a Pixel 3a XL. She was happy that the phone has a much better camera and there is no Bixby from Samsung attempting to compete with equivalent applications for email, text, etc. I will comment after I replace my damaged phone.

I am a current member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and every month I receive a hard copy version of Communications of the ACM which is a magazine with mostly great articles. I tend to read about an article a day until I am done with the magazine and switch back to a book. The process repeats every month.

Today I read the article “How to Create a Great Team Culture (and Why it Matters)” by Kate Matsudarira.

I agree that is great and extremely productive to work in a team with a great culture. The net result is a team which is greater than the sum of its parts. I do believe in “leading by example” and agree that is not enough. The teams need to be constantly nurtured in ways that the culture is promoted and described to each member.

The article is about two pages in length. I recommend reading it and perhaps getting the books mentioned. I will look into that as soon as I finish some reading I am currently committed to do.

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Keep on reading and experimenting. It is the best way to learn and refresh your knowledge!

John

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