Five Thoughts to Keep in Mind When You Start Building Your Team
If you’ve come to this blog, you’re probably interested in building a successful business or improving growth on your existing business. We can offer plenty of advice on how to help you grow personally for the benefit of your business, but we’ve got news for anyone who wants to be successful: you’re going to need an engaged and productive team!
We have yet to hear of a successful businessperson who built a career without the help of others. When it comes to our industry, network marketing, your very success depends on your ability to attract team members that will contribute to your business and improve your reputation. As we work every day on building our team, we like to keep these five thoughts in mind:
1. “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
• Ken Blanchard
There is a lot of confidence involved in starting and maintaining a business, but it’s important never to replace confidence with arrogance. You may have a lot to contribute to your team, but you should never convince yourself that you’re the only one with something to offer. Your team will be at its best when every member is empowered to contribute their skills and talents.
2. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
• Phil Jackson
Going off the previous quote, recognize that your team’s strength comes from unity and cohesion; no one could be as strong on their own. We’re big believers in the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and there’s nothing more satisfying than contributing to something bigger than yourself.
3. “Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.”
• Patrick Lencioni
The leader of a team shouldn’t be the only one empowered to push other people. You must allow yourself to be challenged by your team members and foster an environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute 100%. If you are unable to accept constructive criticism from your team members, they are going to be much less likely to respond to your thoughts later on.
4. “A leader must inspire or his team will expire.”
• Orrin Woodward
If someone make the commitment to joining your team, it’s likely because they were inspired by some aspect of your story or your business history. That initial spark of inspiration is important, but you must keep it going if you want to rely on your team members for support and production. We’ve seen plenty of network marketing teams flame out because of uninspired leaders; give energy and enthusiasm to your team and you’ll receive it back.
5. “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”
• Kenyan Proverb
This is the whole point. You will always be stronger when you are supported by a great team; it’s much easier to fail on your own. When a strong team faces challenges, they rely on each other to meet the challenge and emerge with even greater strength. If you surround yourself with a great team, you’ll be unbreakable no matter what the challenge.
Ruth Tassell @ rktassell.com