Who’s in your (business) team?

Photo of an aerobatic display team“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

This is so true. Fred would never have achieved so much without Ginger. Barack ranks being married to Michelle as the best thing he achieved during his presidency. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, publicly thanked his wife, Priscilla Chan, for “helping me to keep my sense of wonder about the world”.

So I started thinking about teams, and how important they are for any business, no matter how large or small.

In my case, my ‘A’ team is my family, who support me in my business and without whose backing I would never have achieved the success that I have. My ‘B’ team are my professional connections and networks. I have developed relationships with such a broad range of people, from academic experts, to marketing gurus and industry leaders, and I’m fortunate to be able to call on many of them when I need support and advice. They also give me the confidence to chase my business dreams!

Have you thought about who is in your business team? And perhaps more importantly, who do you need to join it?

Perhaps you need a little extra project management support to help you to deliver a one-off event?

Perhaps you have a brilliant idea or invention, but don’t have the technical expertise needed to turn it into reality?

Perhaps you just need someone with a critical eye, or to hold your hand, and give you the confidence to take your business to the next level?

But remember that a partnership is a two way street. You may need to find someone to fill a gap in your team for a particular reason, but it’s also important to think about why that person might want to work with you. For example, a small business might need the expertise of a university in order to solve a particular problem, but what’s in it for the university, its academics, and its students?

Finding the right player(s) is key to any team’s success and Isanda can help you to do that, whether it be helping you directly, sourcing appropriate consultants or freelancers, or brokering a relationship with a world-class academic with the expertise you need. Then once the right person is found, I can support you to build a strong, and lasting relationship.

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