Have You Got A Team?

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You know it is such a simple part of successful leadership but all too often a part of leadership that is so overlooked and that is a team approach to competing and winning. For those of you who regularly follow my blog, you know I am a huge college football fan and Monday night was a night I will remember forever because my favorite college team is Auburn University, the 2010 college football NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! I think the most interesting part about the victory last night was not the fact that the Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton, directed the offense to another win but that ever part of the Auburn team rose to the occasion to win the game. The stellar defensive play, the leadership of twenty seniors, the last second field goal by the all time leading scorer and the terrific running of a true freshman running back are the consolidated reasons that Auburn won the game. In other words, it was a true TEAM victory.

I know that is enough about Auburn football but I had to bask in the thrill of the victory just one more day! So, as I watched that team performance last night I thought that none of my business wins have come until I have positioned those businesses for a team win. Each struggling business that I have assumed responsibility for has always been lacking the right players in very critical positions. That has been among my first tasks as the new leader is to assess the talent and make the moves necessary to better coach/mentor the existing talent or to upgrade the talent in any position that is critical to playing and winning as a team. Next, I have found all too often that even with the right team many businesses still struggle to win because they do  not have a complete play book or in business terms, a strategy, that all the tem can rally around and have clarity on what to execute. The right players with the same playbook is essential to having  winning team and the responsibility for that is clearly that of the business leader.

If you build a strong business team, focus them with the same strategy and empower them to achieve with accountability, leaders can often be amazed to the degree to which their teams  not just compete in their markets but become the strongest team with the most wins in their market! However, like many other aspects of leadership that I have discussed, you do not build  team, focus it and expect to win forever without further coaching. Repetitive winning and continual coaching go hand in hand in business as well as sports!


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