What makes an excellent team?
Diversity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and ambition are some of the key ingredients of a successful team in any industry. Gathering talent from a variety of backgrounds can better ensure that all kinds of tasks get done by qualified people.
Promoting a culture of creativity and not being opposed to failure can do wonders for making strides in team growth and relationship building. Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable and won’t accept anything less than your best, which will help you develop your talents.
How to form your team
How do you go about creating your dream team?
- If you know your local industry, then you know who your colleagues are.
Who’s making moves, noise and positive change in your city? Not necessarily the most sales — instead, someone who genuinely has all the characteristics most compatible with whom you’d like to partner. For administrative work, don’t neglect reaching out
to your sphere of influence. It’s a knowledge bank of connections.
- Invite them to lunch or dinner.
An intimate personal setting in which you both can get to know one another will help you both gauge whether there is potential for a working relationship. This exchange should be a win-win; they should be the yin to your yang. Because you are putting this team together, it makes sense to assume a leadership role, but everyone should feel like equals.
- If you want it, just ask for it, or someone else will.
If there is someone you wish to work with, tell them why you want to work with them and why they would be a valuable partner. Chances are they’re not psychic, so you need to be as clear as possible: “I want to partner with you and would love for you to join. What do you say?”
Creating a team is not something that will happen overnight. Instead, it will take creating a vision for how the team will come together, being proactive in pursuing those who would be a great fit, and finding the ability to trust those whom you’ve selected to do things they are great at so you can do the same.