Unless and until business owners acknowledge their accountability for the teams they create, progress will be
stalled and employees will be stifled.

But once an employer is ready to accept responsibility for getting the kinds of people and the types of teams that he or she attracts and deserves, it is possible to begin the process of building a dream team that matches the plan and model of a dream business.

The first step in the process is to understand the meaning and importance of the team. Business author and entrepreneur Brad Sugars uses a handy acronym to sum up the value of teamwork, writing that “T.E.A.M means Together Everyone Achieves More.”

The difference between a mediocre team and a stellar team is often in the details and those seemingly small or insignificant details are not to be minimized or discounted. Otherwise owners can wind up also underestimating and devaluing their own business and its profits. The building blocks of the company team are, in other words, also the foundation and the core of the business model.

Flawed or ineffective teamwork is frequently a symptom and expression of a business vision that deserves to be refined, reworked, and updated. We get what we deserve, and looking to the heart of the problem and revamping and rejuvenating the organization from that level will usually cause the entire organism – the business, each part of its team, and the client and customer base – to flourish, grow, and thrive.

Many times business owners wake up to the fact that they need a new and different recipe for teamwork, but they make the common mistake of using the same tired patterns, systems, habits, motions, and staff. They may get a changed team, but chances are they will not get the team they dreamed of having in place because they have simply rearranged the old ineffective team without doing anything to alter and update the basic components of the team and the vision for that team’s success.

Unless and until business owners acknowledge their accountability for the teams they create, progress will be
stalled and employees will be stifled.

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