Building a Successful Team

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.


Go Team! You’re only as good as the team you build.

Go Team! You’re only as good as the team you build.

If you want to succeed in business, of course, you have to be willing to put the work in and practice excellent influence throughout all aspects of your career, but you’ve also got to make sure that you’re surrounded by an excellent team of people that work well together and have a common goal of success in their career. I like to think of building a successful team as I would for constructing any solid building.  

Strong foundation. Your team is only as good as the foundation that supports it. That’s you. You have to work hard to be the right kind of supervisor that upholds your team and gives them a solid footing so they can continue building higher and higher and reach for the stars. 

Reliable mortar. The glue that keeps the team together: trust. You have got to know that each and every person on your team has your back because you’ve got theirs when they need it. If you don’t have trust on your team, then everything you build can come crashing down with just the slightest problem. 

Quality building blocks. It goes without saying that it’s important that the people working for you are great at what they do or have the drive to become great and will work hard to get there. If you have great employees, it’s hard not to have a solid team. 

Sufficient lighting. If everyone is wandering around in the dark, then nothing will get accomplished. You’ve got to maintain transparency with things that you do involving the team so that they can plan and build accordingly.  

Good ventilation. Keep up the communication! If there are problems or people need to air their problems, you’ve got to be willing to listen or else the team you’re building will become stagnant and uncomfortable.


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