What Makes Smart Teams Smart

What makes a smart team? Is it IQ, pedigrees, generational maturity, demographic or psychographic diversity or homogeneity, the quality of leadership, organizational culture, systems of incentives and accountabilities, happiness levels, tenure or personality types? 

We're seeing more evidence that these often don't determine where teams are on the smart team continuum. It's been my experience that there is a handful of habits that makes smart teams smart. Here is a short list. 

  • The way they work from better questions
  • The way they connect in conversations
  • The way they engage each other's goodness and greatness
  • The way they stay present to each other and their world
  • The way they act with a sense of agency together