What are the differences between a high-performing team and an average one? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Josh Fried, Head of Waze Carpool, on Quora:

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of great teams focused on developing digital businesses from start-up to profitability. For the past eight years (and counting), I have been with Google. During the first four years, I led teams focused on building product-enabling partnerships to enhance the Google shopping experience for users, retailers and manufacturers. My first manager at Google gave me some great advice - to always show up (on time), be credible and add value. This guidance has proven invaluable throughout my time at Google and now managing teams at Waze Carpool. I've noticed that teams where every member puts these guidelines to use tend to see better results.

The most important characteristic I've noticed about high-performing teams is that each individual has bought into the team's overall mission and are passionate about the goals the group has set out to achieve. Every member of my team at Waze Carpool believes deeply in our mission: some of them are drawn to the environmental benefits of carpool adoption, others thrive on building communities, and a few are obsessed with tackling the difficult challenge of changing long-held consumer habits. If Carpool doesn't get a team member excited to get out of bed in the morning, there are plenty of other teams at Google that might be a better fit for them. While it may sound simple, having a group of people aligned and all working toward one goal can be a major challenge - you have to hire slowly and carefully, but if someone isn't quite right, you must move quickly to let them go. Finally, high-performing teams have a high level of dedication and hold each other accountable to achieve results.

Since 2015, I've been focused on building Waze Carpool - I was actually the first non-engineering employee solely dedicated to Carpool. There have been both rewarding and challenging moments. Ultimately, what has kept me and the rest of my team motivated through the process has been our relentless dedication to changing commuter behavior. We all truly believe we can get more people across the globe to become consistent carpoolers, which can ultimately help us get rid of traffic for good.

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