Entrepreneurs are often loners. They come up with a good idea or nifty invention, keep it close to the vest until it gets launched, and exist in a closed environment as a manager.
Like the CIA, they share with their staff only on a ‘need to know’ basis. Consequently, department managers don’t work together on mutual issues, employees in one department have no clue what the others actually do, and no one feels their ideas are valued.
This business model no longer works. Collaboration and teamwork are crucial to long-term business success, and in the coming years will often be the one attribute which determines success or failure of a business.
By nature, collaboration encourages original thinking and ‘out of the box’ ideas.
The perspective of experienced, intelligent people who are great at what they do can be mixed with the perspective of others in complementary or even disparate fields. The picture that emerges from this mutual sharing toward a common goal is far more complete and multi-faceted, offering a fresh look at problem-solving and growth opportunities.
Teams who work together complete projects faster – deadlines don’t loom quite so large when others are on the journey with you. A group will nearly always collectively select the most advantageous way to approach a task, and because there are multiple ‘eyes’ on those tasks, they’ll uncover miscalculations while they’re still inconsequential.
Who benefits from all this group thinking?
Your business will thrive, but an added benefit is that your clients will get the best of what your team has to offer. Instead of simply working with a financial analyst to improve your ‘bottom line’, bringing the fresh and objective eye of an operations manager to work in tandem with that analyst will uncover what training, systems and processes can be employed to ensure your entire workforce not only understands the changes but embraces them. When the team brainstorms together for the client’s benefit, the client receives a vastly enhanced product and service from you.
We’re all happy
Those who work together in a solution-oriented group are generally far happier in their careers than those who are isolated. It’s exciting and rewarding to collaborate and arrive at a solution that stands out as being creative, innovative and results in an ecstatic client.
Choose your team carefully.
Here are a few of the attributes which lend themselves to group dynamics:
- Creativity – ‘outside the box’ thinking
- Ability to discuss all sides of an issue in a ‘non-self-serving’ manner
- Open to learning
- A mix of thinking styles – those who see the immediate results and those who see the ‘big picture’, long range ramifications.
- Sense of fun – don’t take themselves too seriously
- Ability to bounce back from failures or challenges
- Grit and determination
- Courage to try new things
We’re proud of our team! We chose them because they represent the very best in their field. In addition to the above list, here are some of the elements we outlined before we began our search:
- An entrepreneurial spirit – passion for what they do
- The desire to consistently produce the highest quality work
- Curiosity and a hunger for continued learning
- Pride in their reputation
- Aspire to the finest customer service – to make every client feel they are the most important client.
As you might imagine, it took some time to assemble the Team. We took applications, asked for referrals, researched online, and conducted interviews. We had fun. Those we ultimately chose were quick to return our calls, answer our questions, and as it turned out, made for really enjoyable interviews. It was like meeting with friends – friends who really ‘got’ why we were in business in the first place.
Do you need help putting your ‘Dream Team’ together? Let’s talk.