November 25, 2019

Oxygen for managers

Seal with nose out of water breathing in air

In 2008, Google did an internal study on what behaviours make a great manager. They identified eight.

Last year they updated and extended this study, called Project Oxygen, and added two more behaviours.

Here is the updated list…

  1. Is a good coach
  2. Empowers team and does not micromanage
  3. Creates an inclusive team environment, showing concern for success and well-being
  4. Is productive and results-oriented
  5. Is a good communicator – listens and shares information
  6. Supports career development and discusses performance
  7. Has a clear vision/strategy for the team
  8. Has key technical skills to help advise the team
  9. Collaborates across Google
  10. Is a strong decision maker

How would you notice each of these behaviours? In other words, what exactly would you observe that meant the behaviour is present?

If you are a manager, how well do you think you would score or, more importantly, how well would your team score you?

Here is a link to more information, including the surveys they used.

https://rework.withgoogle.com/blog/the-evolution-of-project-oxygen/

My best wishes, Paul

Paul Matthews

CEO and Founder of People Alchemy

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