Team Principles

What is a team? I like this definition by Simon Sinek from Together is Better:

“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other”

Nordstrom is famous for their employee handbook which simply states:

“Use good judgment in all situations”

Nordstrom’s Employee Handbook Is A Single Sentence | Business Insider

Similar to this, I love team principles focused around trust, respect and context, instead of arbitrary rules.

So instead of referring to a rule, you can check whether something you’re doing creates continued trust, respect and context within our team.


Everyone in the team trusts each other to always do their best:

Always do your best: your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.

This also extends to trusting everybody in the team to try different ways of doing things – including things we’ve done the same way for long periods of time:

“The best way to find out if it will work is to do it”

Simon Sinek – Together is Better


By having empathy towards each other we can make sure we’re always looking out for each other and helping one another out.

Communicating Context

I see communicating context as the glue that binds trust and respect with empathy.

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