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Importance of a solid team

July 24, 2014

Teamwork

Over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help myself but keep repeating the following words in my head

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

So simple, yet many choose ignore it. Many try to achieve greatness and become famous by going through the painstaking process of forming a startup on their own.

I have recently come to appreciate the importance of a good team, and frankly, here is why.

Why do I need a team? I can do everything on my own

One of the most important factors of a team, is having people that can push you to become a better version of yourself. Whether that means improving your technical skills or your inner world, a solid team will be there to give you a nudge when you most need it.

Coming to think of it, what would a startup be without proper brainstorming?

Having someone else on your side, doubting your every choice can lead to great brainstorming sessions that can lead to integration of smarter functions in your product and refinements that will ultimately shape your startup.

It doesn’t just stop there. Working solo means that you have to handle all the development, customer development teams and networking all on your own. A team however could ultimately offload you by sharing tasks. At the end of the day, why would you want to network as a single individual when a whole team could be preaching the startup’s vision?

My advice to you, think always as a team. Never as an individual.

How do I build a solid team?

To build a team, you must first analyse your own strengths and weaknesses. Analysing your own skill-gaps, will help you determine which areas you are good at, and in which you are lacking and need someone to fill the gap.

Once you are confident with the skills you need to further develop in your team, it’s time to get out there and find people you can rely on. People that are dedicated and have the same passion as you to change the world. You might be tempted to bring in your best friend, but you should really think twice if you are willing to take the risk, or if you really want to mix your work and personal lives.

How do I know when I have a solid team? Much like any other Entrepreneurship process, you should think of forming a team, much like a feedback loop, where you need to Analyse, Decide, Act.

You know you are on the right path once you have all the qualities your startup requires and a pool of dedicated people, willing to sacrifice anything with you.

Be careful though, forming a solid and sound team means that you should be prepared to set your ego aside, step back, and let others take initiative and lead the way.

Closing, I would like to emphasise the importance of teamwork with another quote;

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
― Phil Jackson

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Michael Schinis

Written by Michael Schinis who lives and works in London hacking away at Trouva and Pixelpeep.

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