Team Members: Cost Or Investment?

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:

Cost (Scarcity)

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.

Investment (Abundance)

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.

Dan is the founder of The Strategic Coach Inc. and creator of The Strategic Coach® Program. Visionary, creative, wise, playful, and generous, he is a true champion of entrepreneurs worldwide.

2 Responses to “Team Members: Cost Or Investment?”

  1. Jeff Shore says:

    I’m a newbie to Strategic Coach and this hits home with me. I did not join the program because I felt deficient in how I was utilizing my team; we have always been really busy and very productive. But now I’m seeing that my team (at my direction) is not nearly as effective as they could be. I’m looking forward to learning more about making the 10x principles apply to my team, not just to me.

  2. Joan Hunt says:

    Although I’ve not worked in many years the most satisfying job was in manufacturing as a blue collar worker with a high school diploma. We all were included in monthly brainstorming sessions allowing us to work with management and engineers. We came up with many ways to better productivity, solutions to better our product and work with the engineers fixing and making our product work more efficiently. They consulted with us as how to keep us motivated and enjoying coming to work. We were rewarded very well, never felt pressured to work overtime and the doors to talk were always open. It all started from the top with a great plant manager and PR man. They came out on the floor at least 3 times a week just to talk with employee’s about our families, basic friendly chit chat. It was genuine and sincere. Making us a part of the decision making we had as much to loose or gain as they did. In 1983 unskilled workers pay started at 10.00 an hour. I will never forget my time there nor the people i worked for and with.
    I don’t think things have to be as complicated in the workplace as i read about it now. Good old common sense, integrity and respect for other’s seem to be missing. Overworked employee’s along with only criticism and no praise, quantity being more important than quality and yelling boss’s and employee’s is a sad reality. My experience with paying other’s for a service as I’m in my 50’s now has been much the same. Unfortunately very successful and educated professionals have been some of my worst experiences. I do understand the stress many of them are under however many have chosen their expertise for the wrong reasons. A person with half a conscience and sworn to an oath would never disrespect other’s to the extent I’ve seen. My instinct tells me some of it is due to generational value’s or lack thereof.
    On a positive note after many years of looking there are still some out there with the value’s i remember and very much appreciated and cherished.
    Thanks for a good blog and read!

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