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Announcing The 2017 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies
Fast Company FAST COMPANY STAFF 02.13.17
Amazon, Snap, Chobani, and others are changing the way we shop, eat, play, work, and live in 2017.
This year marks the 10th edition of our World’s Most Innovative Companies ranking. Our reporting team sifts through thousands of enterprises each year, searching for those that tap both heartstrings and purse strings and use the engine of commerce to make a difference in the world. Impact is among our key criteria.
01. AMAZON For offering even more, even faster and smarter
02. GOOGLE For developing a photographic memory
03. UBER For accelerating autonomous driving
04. APPLE For baking in its advantages
05. SNAP For bringing crackle and pop to a new way of seeing the world
Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills
At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high degree of communication between members. Google’s recipe of being nice and joining in makes perfect sense (and is hardly counterintuitive).
Perhaps more surprising, Google’s research implies that the kinds of people in the team are not so relevant. While that may be true at Google, a company where people are preselected on the basis of their personality (or “Googliness”), this finding is inconsistent with the wider scientific evidence, which indicates quite clearly that individuals’ personalities play a significant role in determining team performance. In particular, personality affects:
- What role you have within the team
- How you interact with the rest of the team
- Whether your values (core beliefs) align with the team’s