A Proven Strategy for Fostering Team Health and Efficiency

This proven strat­e­gy works regard­less of the team size!

Let me first define what I believe makes a healthy team.

A healthy team… #

  1. Pro­duces high-qual­i­ty deliverables
  2. Com­pletes projects effi­cient­ly, on schedule
  3. Show­cas­es and main­tains pos­i­tive team morale

Num­ber 1 and 2 are gen­er­al­ly easy to track. Num­ber 3 is more dif­fi­cult to track but so impact­ful to 1 and 2.

Here is what I pay atten­tion to on a day-to-day.

Is the team… #

  1. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing clear­ly and empathetically?
  2. Col­lab­o­rat­ing smooth­ly and enthusiastically?
  3. Work­ing on what’s impor­tant now (WIN)?
  4. Aware of what’s impor­tant next (WIN)?

Now, let’s dive into the spe­cif­ic prac­tices I employ to ensure these three key aspects are con­tin­u­ous­ly met in my team by car­ing for the individual.

My team is com­prised of many autonomous indi­vid­u­als with dif­fer­ent beliefs, needs, aspi­ra­tions, fam­i­ly struc­ture, home envi­ron­ment, etc.

So it’s impor­tant to under­stand how each mem­ber is doing indi­vid­u­al­ly because it affects the team and it’s part of the team dynamic.

I look at how each mem­ber is man­ag­ing their atti­tude, time, resources.

Most impor­tant­ly, I ask myself these ques­tions… #

And now the ​“hard ques­tion”: Is this scalable?


Larg­er teams can be bro­ken up into Pods (6−8) where each leader has been trained to care for their peo­ple and to ask for help from the rest of the lead­er­ship team when a need arises.

In tech, we often pay too much atten­tion to the out­comes and not enough atten­tion to the peo­ple who pro­duce them.

Final thoughts #

I know this strat­e­gy is not right for every team and not every com­pa­ny pri­or­i­tizes a healthy work culture.

P.S. How do you stay on top of your team well-being and performance?

LinkedIn is a great place to con­nect with me.

Who wrote this article?

Selvin Ortiz👋

I'm a software engineer and tech lead. I help business owners automate systems with AI đŸš€

On this blog, I write about Software development, Generative AI, and Technical LeadershipʉϬ

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