Harnessing The Power Of The Team

There’s something about the human psyche that helps us to value the importance of teamwork. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we value the dynamic of the team and respect that as formidable as any individual may be, as a team people can become more than the sum of their parts and accomplish great things. To use a geeky parable, just look at The Avengers! Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk all did cool things in their own movies and while people certainly certainly showed up to see them individually, people came in their droves to see what adventures they’d get up to as a team and the movie made over a billion dollars worldwide.






As an entrepreneur, you probably have a Justice League or Avengers or A-Team of your own. Their talents, personalities and ideas are not only part of what makes the business the success that it is, they’re what makes coming to work every day so fun and inspiring.

Your team is amongst your business’ most valuable resources, so it’s important to make sure that they’re at their best all the time. Here’s how…

Show them that you believe in them


There’s nothing more empowering than when someone presents you with a show of faith. It can be difficult to show your colleagues ways in which you value them, but sometimes entrusting tasks and responsibilities that are a break from the norm for them or even ‘above their paygrade’ can show that you care about their development and trust in their skills.


Do cool stuff with them


Team building exercises and corporate retreats are all well and good, but meaningful social activities are just as effective. People will be more likely to go the extra mile for a manager who sees value in them not just in terms of what they can do for the business, but in them as people. From paintball stag parties to a Friday night social, every hour spent together outside of work strengthens the bonds between teammates. And who doesn’t want to work with their friends every day?

Allow experts to be experts


Group discussion is a great way to generate ideas on a project and get the ball rolling. The trouble with that is that some are more naturally boisterous than others and can dominate the conversation while their (perhaps more knowledgeable) colleagues disappear into the wallpaper. Knowing where your team members’ expertise lies will enable you to let them shine.

Value every contribution


The fine line that many entrepreneurs, managers and team leaders walk is valuing contributions of ideas and suggestions while also separating what works well from what doesn’t. All managers want to empower their colleagues by enabling them to come up with ideas in a safe and non-judgemental environment, but how does one reconcile that with the fact that some ideas inevitably work better than others? Often separating idea generation from idea evaluation and treating them as different tasks for different days can be helpful.


Do cool stuff with them


Team building exercises and corporate retreats are all well and good, but meaningful social activities are just as effective. People will be more likely to go the extra mile for a manager who sees value in them not just in terms of what they can do for the business, but in them as people. From paintball stag parties to a Friday night social, every hour spent together outside of work strengthens the bonds between teammates. And who doesn’t want to work with their friends every day.

Valuing your team and making sure they’re effectively managed can mean the difference between having a trusted and loyal friend at your side every day… Or seeing them walk away from your business and into the arms of a competitor.