We at 6 Team Conditions often get into conversations with teams and team leaders about the 6 Conditions framework and what it takes to have a great team. There are many different ways to talk about the framework, and about “conditions thinking” as an approach to teams. One that comes up a lot is using a metaphor, such as “what does it take to have a great garden?” or “what do you absolutely have to have in order to sail successfully?” (to pick a couple of pastimes of our colleagues).
Richard Hackman and I drew on our many studies of teams over the years to create an assessment that would allow us to capture the most powerful influences on team effectiveness. We named it the Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS), and we tested it with hundreds of teams of many different kinds.