Build Better Teams – Listening, Logic and Critical Thinking

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What are some of the key characteristics of successful teams charged with planning and decision-making responsibilities?  A friend and former college classmate who worked for some years as a VP of Marketing for Microsoft once told me about working with Bill Gates.  “He’s super smart” he said,  “in our product marketing team meetings he could be pretty brutal.”  He went on to elaborate further; “you’ve got to be totally prepared; he asks a lot of tough questions and he’s quick to call bull shit.”  What Gates was doing was challenging assumptions, a key ingredient of  critical thinking.