No matter how good you are, you can’t do everything yourself. And why would you want to? One of the advantages of leverage is the benefit gained by building a Team which can then help you build your business.
It starts with the environment in your business. Visualize your ideal Team member. What attributes and characteristics would they possess? What level of experience or work ethic? What values? Now, are you running the kind of business that this person would be attracted to? You might want to make some changes. Start with looking around trying to catch someone doing something right. Look for opportunities to inject an element of FUN into the workplace.
There are six keys to a winning Team. It should come as no surprise that it all starts with the Leader, as no Team will ever out-perform the capabilities of its leadership. What example do you set? Leading a Team is very similar to raising children (those of you that are parents have a real advantage here!). They watch everything that you do and they hear everything that you say. And they do an uncanny job of “keeping score”! The Leader must always exhibit a unified front and apply the rules consistently. Ignore this advice at your own peril.
Your Team also includes a group of trusted advisors. Every business owner or leader should have: 1. An attorney for advice on legal matters; 2. A CPA for bookkeeping & tax advice; 3. An insurance agent to provide for your liabilities and exposures; 4. A financial advisor for retirement and benefits advice; 5. A banker for help with accounts, lines of credit, etc; 6. A Business Coach to help you keep all this sorted out and hold you accountable.