Do you have the right people on your team?

 by Rand Manasse

Jordyn Wieber

Building in value to your business means making the adjustment to the team that will put the best members in your rotation and on the right equipment. Making the adjustments is vital to being successful and as a leader it is your job set the wheels in motion. Or as Jim Collins stated it in his book “Good to Great”  “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats”


In the recent Olympic Games the story of American gymnast Jordyn Wieber was inspiring and heartbreaking. Jordyn was the reigning world champion in the all around competition. Yet in the Olympics she failed to qualify for this event.   But the true story is the greatness of Martha Karolyi when back in February she assemble this team and made sure that she had the right people to compete, feeling reassured that Jordyn would be a leader even in the face of adversity


Jordyns’ defeat could have been enough to take down most people yet she realized that her team needed her for the full Olympic competition. Although faced with disappointment, Jordyn lived up to Marta Karolyi intuition and led her team to victory and the gold medal in the team overall.


The story is an example of how great leaders focus on the success of the team instead of themselves. Jordyn could have easily quit after the disappointment in the individual all around, but she showed her greatness by continuing to motivate her teammates to keep their eye on the prize.


With great companies it is important to remember that when the time comes to change course it is important to focus on who will be on your team.    Focusing on who is on your team and what they are asked to accomplish, along with recognizing each individual’s talent will allow your company to succeed no matter what you choose to do. Before you decide where you are going you need to determine if you have the right people on your team. A great team will push each other for the betterment of the company putting the company ahead of their own agendas. This has been a specific trait of all companies that go from good to great.


Now that you have the right people on the team it’s important to remember that great individuals are self-motivated. They push themselves to succeed for the best outcome of the company. Jordyn inspired her teammates when she had a great outing in the team competition, but her teammates were also driven to succeed. They knew that Jordyn’s performance was only part of the equation. Each went out on their own and succeeded and the result was gold medal for the US gymnastics team.


No great company can become great with only one person. It takes many people within an organization to make a company great. You need to have the right people on the bus. Often these people need to challenge you and make you remember that the focus should always be on the company and not on any individual working within the company.


The story of Team USA Gymnastics is a reminder of how a team can work to achieve something great without focus on any individual. Teammates are driven to succeed and inspired each other. It led to Olympic gold.  What is driving your business to win its gold medal?


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Image Credit: Jordyn Wieber

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