Five Good Ideas Podcast

Five Good Ideas for building strong teams

Five Good Ideas Podcast
Five Good Ideas for building strong teams

In this session, originally recorded on April 30, 2019, we tackle team-building with Naki Osutei.


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Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, the strongest teams are made up of people who believe that their efforts will have positive impact and also (less widely discussed) offer them personal benefit. In this Five Good Ideas session, Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people.


Five Good Ideas

1. Make your team’s existence mission-worthy

2. Choose knowledge over likeability

3. Create a psychologically safe environment – every day

4. Set the bar very high

5. Build your team’s origin story AND your future success story



1. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

2. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman

3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4. Podcast: Work Life with Adam Grant

5. TED Talks: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain: and Color Blind or Color Brave by Mellody Hobson


About Naki Osutei

Naki Osutei is the Associate Vice President of Partnerships and Engagement for the Global Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Prior to coming to TD, Naki worked at CIBC supporting the development of executives and working to diversify the executive pipeline. She also led the corporate diversity and legacy strategies for the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Naki has developed several city-building projects and leadership development programs at CivicAction in Toronto, including co-creating DiverseCity Fellows, which has been called North America’s first “civic MBA.” She is also a speaking coach for TEDxToronto.

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