Over the years, hundreds of people at Strategic Coach® workshops and events have told me how much they admire our team members. They ask, “Where do you get such great people?”
“You know,” I reply, “I get them from the same place you do: the human race.”
The value of your team members.
How your team members perform and what you get out of them has a lot to do with how you see them. Do you see them as a cost or as an investment? Each of these attitudes springs from a different mindset: You either think of the world as a place of scarcity or as a place of abundance—and each of these attitudes gets a completely different set of results. The best thing about this is that you get to choose which side to be on:
Costs: Expenditures of resources that are, at best, a necessary evil to be minimized or avoided.
Employees: Dependent individuals who want increased rewards without being more useful.
Management: Controlling the time and activities of others within predictable structures.
Investments: Combining resources and capabilities in ways that continually create higher value.
Unique Ability® Teamwork: A system of utilizing and multiplying everyone’s best talents.
Leadership: Enabling others to visualize bigger futures and motivating them to achieve those futures.
Anyone who feels like a cost to the person who hired them can’t help but also feel as though their entire work existence is one of scarcity—scarcity of excitement, of appreciation, and of pride in what they do.
If, on the other hand, each person in your organization is truly appreciated for their abilities and given the resources to continue growing, they’re going to have a tremendous experience of abundance in their working life.
How to foster engaged ingenuity.
When someone joins the Strategic Coach team, we make a commitment to find out as soon as we can where they’ll be able to make the biggest contribution and also really love the activity. Our team members often move around and change roles—some people have invented brand new activities for themselves.
We’re happy to be flexible and accommodate that kind of engaged ingenuity, because we’re not interested in people who just want a job. We’re interested in individuals who want to grow and develop with our help.
As you plan your entrepreneurial future, the most satisfying, sure-fire way to grow and expand your business and your own capabilities is to choose to surround yourself with increasing numbers of talented, committed team members. The good ones will appreciate the investment you’ve made in them and will want to give you a big return.
Your talented, committed team members.
Are you as invested in your team members as you’d like them to be with your company? Please tell us in the comments what value your team has brought to you using their own ingenuity. We love to hear your teamwork success stories.