Who’s On Your Team?

Many small businesses—especially solopreneurs—don’t think of themselves as having a team. But they actually do. It might not be the same as a sports team or project team in a larger organization, but you do have a team—at least you should.

Even our household has a team. My wife and I are the primary members, but there are others. There’s Mark and his team who mow, blow and edge our lawn. There’s Steve who fertilizes and treats for weeds and pests. And Wesley who keeps the pool chemicals just right. Emily cleans the house and George keeps the bugs and termites away. Victor is the guy we call for handyman projects.

They’re all part of the team, and they make our life and work easier and more effective.

In your business, you most likely have people to call on for graphic arts and printing. You probably have an accountant and an attorney. Perhaps you even have an Advisory Board and or a MasterMind Team, which I highly recommend. Perhaps you have a virtual assistant and/or an IT person to help you with your computers, phones, printers and software. I hope you also have a personal coach.

So you see, you really do have a team, even if you never really thought about it in that way. A team is there to support you and your organization in achieving your purpose. Your team allows you to accomplish far more than if you tried to do everything yourself. And a good team is a triple win—a win for you, for them and for those you serve.

Trying to do it all on your own is a setup for frustration and likely failure. Going it alone simply doesn’t allow you to grow very well at all.

The first step is to identify your team—who are all the players who help get the job done. And then start thinking of them as your team—even if they’re not full time. Nurture them. Thank them. Let them know they are part of your team and that you appreciate their contribution.

My favorite acronym for TEAMS is Together Everyone Achieves More Success.

So who is on your team?

By the way, I currently have one opening for a one-on-one coaching client. If you would like to be personally mentored by me in building you and your business, eMail me at skipper@SuccessNet.org with your contact information. I will then schedule a no-cost consult to determine if you, I and your objectives are a good fit. Just put COACHING in the subject line. Serious inquiries only please.

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