Team Ingredients

A team at its best is when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A Team does not only mean a group of people working together but a team of different people working together.     How one defines these differences could be based on skill, knowledge, talent, culture, age, experience etc but what is without doubt essential is, in order to make a team a success there has to be a combination of these differences between the team players, in order to greater the success of the overall outcome. A little like baking a cake, without the correct ingredients and measurements made; the results are an absolute ‘flop’.  

So how many of you are Team Leaders or Team Members and are successfully embracing these differences within your team; whilst also empowering one another to work together in line with your business vision and strategy?    

Two ingredients I would like to address today, that are incredibly important to your team success, are age and international cultures.   How many of you make the assumption that Experience Vs Eagerness is without doubt the better choice to make or what works in one country is sure to work in another? Well these are not necessarily the correct assumptions…  

Certainly, having experienced members within your team are essential, however the newness, passion, drive and expertise of the next generation are equally important for your team and business to thrive with the times; remaining up to date, innovative and exciting ensuring you are ready for future customers and markets.  

As you will all well know, we are faced with a struggling employment market on a global scale and ironically the two worst hit are the younger and the older, and the question is why?
The youngsters are told they have insufficient experience and the older are often referred to as being over qualified with too much experience and therefore are considered a substantial cost to a business; yet both are vital components to a successful ‘TEAM’ and for a company to grow.                                                    
What is important is for companies to re-address the composition of their teams, their management, and operation and address the importance of team members investing in one another in line with the company values and vision so to achieve outstanding results, TOGETHER.   

Successful Leadership is when within any one team, newness and experience are equally embraced and empowerment is happening up and down the ladder, in and amongst every member of the team; individuals are combining each other’s attributes and together they are creating opportunity, growth and prosperity for all involved.  

Very much the same principals apply to that of cultural differences. How many of you are running businesses outside of America (for example) yet are looking to work with American markets? How many of you are connected to anyone in America or specific states of interest? Are you connecting and speaking with anyone within your sector in America or even better have you already a member of your team from America?  

If you want to understand a market and want to work with a market, your team must include either the relevant skills, experience, knowledge and/or understanding. Cultural differences need to be embraced and the members of your team need to (like from generation to generation) equally look for synergies when working internationally or indeed with members of the team being from other countries. It is a wonderful opportunity to combine skills and talents, create opportunities from one culture/country to another and again work where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  

The most important and fundamental attribute any team player or team leader MUST have is the willingness and drive to continuously learn and embrace others and that which they bring to the table. If we chose to stop learning, we close the door to vast opportunities for both our personal and professional growth and when we stop growing so too do our businesses.