Working with a Great Team

One of the great personal rewards in a career is the ability to work with a great team.   I have been extremely fortunate to work with some fantastic teams in my career, but one of the best teams I have ever worked with is the MySQL training team.  It's hard to describe this team without getting corny.  Our MySQL training team has great leadership, incredible camaraderie, selfless team members always focused on the goals of the team along with incredible and unique talent.  On the business side this team has been extremely profitable and focused on business objectives.

When I look at how this great team was created, I have seen a number of very unique events that occurred to create this great team.  It's like building a great sword.  A great sword requires the best materials, the ability to put the materials together in exactly the right way, a love and passion for excellence and a master sword builder to create it.  Our team had all of this.   The ingredients included:

  • A great vision by the MySQL leadership (Marten, Ulf, and Marc).
  • A Swedish culture mixed with cultures from around the world that is humble, believes in challenging the status quo and the importance of speaking up and voicing your opinion.
  • A passion for creating and maintaining excellence (Marc).
  • Great ingredients (unbelievably talented team members).
  • A selfless team that is completely focused on team goals and keeping the focus on team goals and not just individual goals.
  • The ability to excel (extremely high profit margins and one of most successful training models in the technology industry).
  • Tight integration of courseware development, sales and delivery.
  • Constant practices and methods in place to always demonstrate that the company is committed to high quality and excellence.   This I felt was one of the most important ones.  All companies say they are about high quality.  Great teams are part of organizations where they see the commitment to maintaining high quality.

There are great teams in Sun and in other companies.   I would be extremely interested in learning and sharing ideas and thoughts of how great teams are put together and maintained.  During the Collaborate 09 conference next week I plan on talking to a number of user community leaders and getting their insights on great teams and how they were created.

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