I've been thinking a lot about teams and, based on my own lucky experiences, what makes them work well. I've been at Fractured Atlas for almost three months now and am legitimately delighted at how quickly and easily I gelled with my new team. The one thing I keep coming back to when trying to describe why I've been able to connect so quickly and accomplish so much is this: Safety.
"Safe spaces" have been the subject of much mockery (mostly through exaggerating their intent to suggest extreme coddling vs safety), so I initially shied away from this description. However, I keep coming back to it because it's honestly the best word to describe what's working. Because I feel safe at work and amongst my team, I'm not carrying the cognitive load of being defensive or trying to prove myself and, instead, I'm able to just get the work...[ read more ]