The greatest vision or business plan in the world will do you no good without an effective Team to carry it out. Building an effective Team is a great responsibility and is a fundamental cornerstone of running an effective and successful company, division, department or even group. The success of the company depends on how well the people you select for key positions do their job and work well with others so that no one fails. Without a Team attitude, it’s “every man for himself” and this never leads to success for a company (or any sports team either!) You can either win together or you’ll lose together… but, as a Leader, YOU get to decide which one! Winners do not allow parts of their team to lose for any reason. They run to back each other up…both on and off the field. They rise quickly to defend one another. They encourage one another. They never brag about their personal accomplishments at the expense of their teammates.
As a Leader (whether you are CEO, Director, VP, Manager, Supervisor, etc) you must assemble the best possible Team and constantly monitor the players to insure they are working well together. Remember, the Customer always notices whether your people work well together and support one another. Teams that do not work well together do not operate as efficiently as they could. This leads to increased costs…and telling your Customer that your costs are higher than they need to be is NOT a way to demonstrate value! Building a great Team is absolutely critical to business success in any economy!