At Akili we’re bright as individuals, but even more brilliant as a team. We believe that great people working together can accomplish the extraordinary. This is our core value of Teamwork.
Teamwork is so important in the professional world because it encourages new ideas, helps to solve problems, builds morale and encourages support. Teams that work well together succeed together and achieve a common end-goal. That’s why at Akili, we work to build strong relationships outside of the office as well through activities like happy hours, holiday parties and games.
This month, we had some Akilians share our core value of Teamwork and what it means to them in the context of work and home.
At Akili, teamwork is having “pit crew mentality”, just like a Formula 1 race, it is important to – get the right people behind the wheel, train them well, plan extensively for successful project implementations and learn to trust each other and understand each other’s (and their own) strengths and weaknesses.
Ensuring we’re aligned as a team and striving to accomplish the same goal, both at a macro project level and on a micro day-to-day basis. This not only entails constant communication, but also ensuring each resource is allocated to a task that best aligns with their skillset, knowledge base and availability. Whether it’s good news vs. bad news or a simple IM vs. a larger/lengthy discussion, it’s essential to stay in harmony as a team.
At Akili, Teamwork goes beyond just successful projects. We focus on building the core functions to enable good teamwork. We trust each other and encourage different opinions. This helps us in being open to everyone’s point of view and tackle conflicts early on. As a result, we are able to create a strong sense of ownership, accountability and commitment which helps us achieve good results.
Teamwork isn’t limited to our office life. We shared how teamwork is part of the way we function at home. Whether it’s supporting a significant other to tackle cooking and house chores or doing something everyone enjoys, teamwork is a part of our everyday life.
At home, this “pit crew” mentality helps my wife and I accomplish things every day such as cooking, cleaning and managing remote work schedules etc. We ensure that we do our part and support each other to complete their tasks. This allows us to find time to meditate, relax and do fun activities.
When one of us cooks dinner, the other one cleans up the kitchen :) Another example is making sure our weekends are filled with things we’ll both enjoy, and not just things one person will enjoy. Of course there’s always an exception, but that’s why we emphasize open and honest communication with each other.
The same principles apply at home as well. Especially during the last year, my husband and I had to get creative in managing competing priorities from our son, work and house chores. Trust, accountability and commitment helped us support each other and work as a team. As a result, we were able to pivot when it was necessary as long as we both recognized the same end-goal.