This sign is placed on my wall so that every time I leave my office I am asking myself this very important question.
Everyday, I’m learning what my strengths are and who else I need to surround myself with to win in business. What I’ve learned, (The hard way as always) is that you need to know your gaps and be willing to fill them in with people who offset you. Don’t try to be a hard ass and go at it alone…you will fail hard.
When you think about your company and all the things you need like: strategy, innovation, finance, marketing, management, hiring – these things aren’t made up of one person, but you do need these people on your team. If you don’t have them, you lose the game.
There are things that I’m good at, such as vision, strategy, marketing, and getting people fired about a project and the potential that it has to change the game. However, when it comes to things like management or finances, I suck (and I’m happy to say that). This is why you need a diverse team.
The other thing you need is perspective. Perspective is something that all winnings teams have – a team of people all looking at things in very different ways. I might see it this way, when she or he sees it a totally different way. But, as we come together afterwards we can put our heads together and come up with a fantastic solution.
The collective perspective of a group of diverse leaders is what will in the end allow you to win the game. Value a diverse team, value perspectives, and get started building.
What kind of team are you building?
Is your company operating on a lone star model? Do you understand the consequences of building a company around this model?
This happens more often than you think – companies that are built around one person and when he or she leaves everything tends to slowly fall apart. Think Apple years ago – there are several others too. You do not want this. Take the time to discover and nurture talent in every area of your organization.
It doesn’t matter how good a strategy or value prop you have, at the end of the day, you will need a well crafted organization filled with talent if you want to execute and build a successful organization.
In today’s knowledge economy, team building is one of the most important risks you need to manage – building a strong team can be difficult too, but possible when made a priority. Are you making it a priority?
Note: A strong team is not one where a single person disproportionally influences the team’s results.
Everyone seems to cherish the company champ, but if you want constant business growth, you better have organizational structures in place to ensure that the other team members are ready to take the lead when something happens to the champ.
What about you?
How are you building your organization?