Without a doubt, you need a solid nucleus of stars to help you achieve your goals as a professional or a company.
No one does anything alone, and you'll go much further aligning your energy, creativity and resources with others who are joined together for a common goal. Napoleon lays out this mastermind group philosophy in his famed book, Think and Grow Rich.
If you are thinking about how you can get to the next level, it's important that you find the people that can get you there. Consider the following so that you can begin building the lights out team that you need to help each other to the fullest.
1. Look Into Giving Before Getting
When you are putting together a team of stellar professionals, you need to set your sights on doing what's good for making everyone better, not just personal gain. This is the number one principle of team building, which will carry you all far.
If the team is aligned with the same goal and higher purpose, it becomes easier to show up and work for hours, or to do things for each other without a second thought. Conversely, if all you're trying to do is increase your profits so that you can build your kid's college fund and take a nice vacation, people will be more guarded and likely to work as individuals.
People are more likely to willingly contribute if you first look to serve them and make their lives better. From here, the team will begin to naturally gel and remain productive.
2. Get On The Same Page
For a team to really get clicking on all cylinders, you need to have some standards, rituals, and practices that make the workflow easy.
Make sure that this doesn't simply remain inside the office. For instance, meeting up to hike on Saturday mornings, or regularly planning outings to socialize, gives you all the chance to build a rapport that you otherwise wouldn't have.
You should also adopt the same culture. For instance, a team of professionals that checks in with each other, sets goals with each other and reads and discusses the same literature will inevitably elevate together. This allows you to keep it each sharp as you push to the next level.
3. Scout Those That Are Talented And Willing To Buy In
It's also crucial that you continuously scout new additions to the team and make sure that they're vetted by the group, and that they buy into the philosophy.
You need to think of your team as a family since you're choosing to align your efforts and energies toward enriching each others' lives. Keep the team tight and ensure that anyone who becomes apart of it knows they are joining something special. The more sacred you keep your ties, the more loyalty you've have professionally and personally.
Contemplate these tips when you're looking to have the best team building experience possible.
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