The hottest Team Building Substack posts right now

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The Generalist • 1320 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Founders need to be creative in their hiring practices to find the right talent for high-growth startups.
  2. Assessing a candidate's writing, backchanneling with previous employers, and focusing on cultural fit are key strategies for hiring exceptional talent.
  3. Conducting non-traditional interviews like principles-based interviews can help in identifying candidates who align with the company's values and work style.
Purple Insider • 294 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The Detroit Lions successfully executed a rebuilding plan, defying low expectations and rebuilding from scratch.
  2. By stocking up on draft picks and developing young talent, the Lions transformed into a competitive team in a short time.
  3. The success of the Lions serves as a contrast to other teams like the Minnesota Vikings, highlighting the importance of strategic roster building and decision-making.
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The Intersection • 197 implied HN points • 15 Jul 23
  1. Starting a company requires finding a trigger like the right people, money, or a solid idea.
  2. Taking on the financial responsibilities of a company involves doing the math, saving money, and being prepared to hustle.
  3. Building your personal and company brand is crucial through authenticity and developing a distinct voice.
Lessons • 196 implied HN points • 05 Apr 23
  1. Building a team after finding success is like patching holes in a leaky bucket.
  2. Prioritize hiring anchor leaders based on long-term importance and areas where duct tape won't suffice.
  3. Use duct tape solutions like interim leaders to fill temporary gaps while focusing on key leadership searches.
Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg • 171 implied HN points • 22 Jun 23
  1. Shift from the 'go big or go home' mentality to embracing multi-entrepreneurship.
  2. Multipreneurs create multiple products annually to establish a network of interconnected companies.
  3. Success as a multipreneur involves building small, dedicated teams for each venture and leveraging global talent and technology.
Mike Talks AI • 98 implied HN points • 27 Aug 23
  1. Practical AI encompasses various machine learning algorithms and techniques, including optimization and Operations Research.
  2. The concept of Practical AI allows for the inclusion of both established and emerging approaches in the field.
  3. To effectively solve real-world problems, AI leaders need a diverse set of skills and expertise, and must understand the strengths and weaknesses of different algorithms.
The Leadership Lab • 98 implied HN points • 15 Jan 23
  1. Great leadership teams are conscious, being present and non-reactive, avoiding drama and blame.
  2. Connected teams communicate openly, collaborate effectively, and know each other deeply, preventing disorder and misunderstandings.
  3. Effective teams set clear goals aligned with company needs, achieve them, and work sustainably towards success.
The Rotten Apple • 10 implied HN points • 04 Mar 24
  1. The post discusses a team training exercise for front-line workers in food service to identify food safety issues.
  2. The activity aims to get team members thinking about food safety, engage in a risk assessment, and learn about food safety principles such as hygienic design and hand hygiene.
  3. The exercise involves showing an image of someone slicing bacon and asking team members to identify potential food safety problems, errors, or non-conformities.
Suzan's Fieldnotes • 58 implied HN points • 01 May 23
  1. Constellary helps leaders navigate the complexities of leadership and develop core competencies.
  2. Leadership is not an individual effort, but a shared experience within a larger system.
  3. Collaboration and connection points are essential for leaders to navigate the complexity of organizations.
PeopleStorming • 39 implied HN points • 30 May 23
  1. Create a safe space where team members can take risks, share ideas, and acknowledge errors to encourage collaboration and innovation.
  2. Form diverse teams with varied backgrounds and skills to ignite creativity, challenge norms, and create products that appeal to a wider audience.
  3. Support team members' growth by offering learning opportunities, mentorship, and skill-building, resulting in a stronger and more capable team.
Developer GTM – by Calyx Consulting • 1 HN point • 12 Mar 24
  1. DevRel's impact can be measured, but setting up measurement can be costly. Focus on project-level success metrics and 'north star' metrics like Developer NPS and retention through the funnel.
  2. Hire DevRel when existing work like tech writing or evangelizing is becoming overwhelmed due to company scale. DevRel should adapt to the company's changing needs.
  3. DevRel reporting structure varies: in a company with a developer tool, it may report to marketing; for non-core tech, product or engineering. Executive support and understanding the role are key.
Equal Ventures • 19 implied HN points • 11 Jan 21
  1. Ali Afridi's determination and eagerness to learn led him to drop out of college to pursue a career in the venture community, showing his unique perspective and intelligence.
  2. Cognitive diversity is valued in the workplace, as demonstrated by Ali Afridi's ability to bring impactful insights and expose blind spots, making the team smarter and better.
  3. Ali Afridi's promotion to Principal after his impactful contributions and continuous pursuit of knowledge showcases the value of investing in talented individuals within a firm.
Brick by Brick • 0 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. Balance in a team is crucial - having 10 Lionel Messis on a football team might be entertaining but won't lead to success. Complementary skills are necessary for overall team success.
  2. Building a software engineering team should focus on common foundational capabilities, aligning talent with challenges, and fostering growth and camaraderie among team members.
  3. The key to a high-performance team lies in developing engineers at all levels, fostering a sense of collective growth, and optimizing for the team as a whole rather than individual prodigious talents.
PeopleStorming • 0 implied HN points • 09 Aug 21
  1. Organizations are defined by the conversations they can and can't have - communication is key.
  2. Constructive workplaces emphasize shared challenges, transparency, direct feedback, blameless retrospectives, and stating the obvious - these principles promote a culture of openness and growth.
  3. Avoiding conflict can lead to more conflict - addressing issues directly is crucial for progress and change.
PeopleStorming • 0 implied HN points • 30 Mar 21
  1. Organizational Improv workshops sometimes play a game called World's Worst to envision the worst possible versions of things. This game can help teams understand what 'best' should look like in various aspects of their work.
  2. Participants in the game can creatively come up with vivid examples of utterly horrendous cultures or practices in organizations, which can be both entertaining and insightful.
  3. Teams can apply this game to different scenarios within their organization, such as identifying the world's worst brand for marketing, product launch for the product team, or customer service representative for the support team. It can lead to fun and enlightening discussions.
PeopleStorming • 0 implied HN points • 06 Oct 20
  1. Teams need psychological safety to thrive, where members can be open, vulnerable, and embrace failure as part of learning.
  2. The Festival of Failure is a ritual that helps teams create closeness and trust by sharing past mistakes, normalizing failure as a learning opportunity.
  3. Acknowledging and discussing failure openly in a team can boost resilience, courage, humility, and empathy among team members.
Venture Prose • 0 implied HN points • 11 Mar 16
  1. Entrepreneurs often seek a key person like 'Cyril Montanari' who embodies experience, empathy, and leadership skills to drive company growth and cohesion.
  2. The success of a business depends not only on individual competencies but also on the collective collaboration and shared vision within the team.
  3. Finding the right person for a key role involves a balance of experience, personal growth, human connection, humility, and a collaborative spirit.
Venture Prose • 0 implied HN points • 24 Jan 16
  1. Develop your tech-layer and service in parallel to ensure they work together hand in hand
  2. Tackle one AI problem at a time to make meaningful progress rather than trying to solve everything at once
  3. Focus on demonstrating tangible progress with your solution instead of just talking about great algorithms and theoretical advancements
Venture Prose • 0 implied HN points • 09 Oct 15
  1. Growth involves a continuous cycle of focusing on people, the product, and the process to serve and scale effectively.
  2. As priorities become more complex, focus on addressing bottlenecks, eradicating debts, and ensuring everything leads to growth.
  3. Success in the growth cycle hinges on hiring and inspiring the right people who are essential for implementing growth strategies.
Equal Ventures • 0 implied HN points • 14 Feb 20
  1. Equal Ventures is a seed stage venture firm focusing on transforming legacy markets such as insurance, retail, supply chain, and the care economy.
  2. The Pre-MBA Associate role at Equal Ventures involves researching industry themes, analyzing investment opportunities, and supporting founders to scale their companies.
  3. To apply for the Pre-MBA Associate position, candidates need 2-3 years of relevant experience, intellectual curiosity, professionalism, self-direction, and a friendly personality.
Austin's Analects • 0 implied HN points • 02 Jun 23
  1. Define your market by choosing locations where money is flowing or near natural beauty.
  2. Choose a strategy based on your resources like house hacking or flipping, and stick with it.
  3. Build a strong team including a property manager, contractors, and a real estate agent before executing your real estate investment strategy.