Why do self-aware teams win?

Reece Akhtar
December 11, 2021

As we continue to work through the complexity brought about by the current pandemic, our ability to collaborate with our teammates is paramount. Yet we all know how difficult it can be working with colleagues who do things differently to us, alongside continuing to perform when faced with new challenges. How can leaders overcome these difficulties and build cohesive and resilient teams?

On Wednesday 19th August we hosted the world-renowned team experts Prof. Suzanne Bell and Dave Winsborough to explore why self-aware teams win.

Discussing Prof. Bell's scientific research and experience working with NASA, this was a unique opportunity to learn how to build high-performing and cohesive teams. The speakers  discussed:

  • Why self-awareness is critical for team performance.
  • The impact of surface & deep team characteristics.
  • The importance of team composition.
  • How to building high performing teams.

About the speakers

Dr. Suzanne Bell is currently a tenured Professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University, and Senior Scientist at KBR working on NASA-funded research to develop a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration (e.g., Mission to Mars). Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. You can find out more about her work here.

Dave Winsborough is co-founder of Deeper Signals and Director at Winsborough Limited. He is the author of Fusion: The Psychology of Teams. You can read some of Dave’s work here.

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