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The (Not so) Secret of Building a Winning Team

Business is always a team sport. Steve Jobs was a legendary marketer. Bill Gates is an extraordinary programmer. Elon Musk is one of the smartest people around. And yet the success of companies they built can’t be singularly attributed to their personal abilities, but the quality and efficacy of teams they put together to execute their ideas. It’s the team that always wins. After all, Jobs or Gates haven’t run their companies for almost a decade and yet their valuations continue to soar. And that’s the beauty of winning teams – not only do they jumpstart your success, but also set you on a long-term trajectory.

Now the question is, how can you build a winning team? Or in other words, what makes a winning team? As a serial entrepreneur, I have built numerous companies – some successful, others not so much and I can tell you this: There is no ‘secret’ to building a winning team, but there are certain steps you need to take, red flags you need to look out for, and ingredients you need to add to be able to achieve desired results.

Some of these ingredients include:

Alignment – The first thing you need to do is ensure your vision is aligned with that of your team. The vision and efforts of each of the teams should be inter-aligned as well. For instance, if your product team doesn’t take feedback from the sales team or sales team doesn’t work in tandem with your marketing team, no matter how great they are individually, they won’t be able to realize their true potential.

Talent Management – One thing you’ll find common across all successful companies is that they are always hungry for talent. They pay great attention and efforts to their recruitment process to find the right talent for specific roles. That’s a distinction you need to make – talent is always welcome, but right-fit is equally important. A highly talented individual who doesn’t believe in your product probably won’t make a good team member.

Infrastructure & Training – Teams do not work in vacuum, nor do they always work with their innate abilities. They need additional support – be it in terms of technology or training to work efficiency. Get your teams the best tools, training, and onboarding so that they aren’t hamstrung by external factors.

Culture – Culture always plays a big role in turning a good team into a winning team. I am not just talking about happy hours, team outings, etc. Transparency, leadership, accountability, and feedback, all come together to define the culture of your company. That’s ultimately reflected in each of your teams and further down to every team member. Also, good culture acts as a magnet to attract new talent and retain the existing ones.

Great Product – Finally, but probably, the most important, you need an excellent product for teams to be able to win with. Even the best sales team can’t sell a broken wheel and you shouldn’t expect them to. Here’s the interesting thing – we think products are all about engineering, but the culture of your company also has a deep imprint on the products you make.
This reminds me of a famous story to drive my point home –
“When presented with the first prototype of (the) iPod, Jobs rejected it for being too big. His engineers explained it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. So he dropped the iPod in an aquarium. And he said pointing to the air bubbles floating to top, “Those are air bubbles, that means there is space in there. Make it smaller.” That’s a lesson that seems to have stuck with Apple engineers that’s reflected in their design.

The rest, as we all know, is history.

Overall, it is reasonable to say that the magnitude of your success is a direct result of the efficacy of your team. So if you want to make it big, it’s time you assemble your winning team.

Manoj Ramnani

 

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