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Let’s Talk About Teams — Insights from Brandy and Simon Sinek

I ran across this post today from Roland Jack, a talent manager worth following if you don’t already. He posted this clip of Brandy highlighting the necessity of trusting the team around you. This led me to an inevitable binge of related conversations on YouTube and Instagram. My little tangent of thought led me to a discussion I want to have with you about teams.

You’re probably reading this as a leader in some capacity within your organization, or maybe you’re a solopreneur looking to attract the right talent to help your vision come to life. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, let’s discuss a couple of quick ideas about teams:

Your Team Deserves Your Trust

There’s a difference between fighting for your vision and just being stuck in the rut of your own idea. Take this lesson from the vocal bible herself via entertainment veteran Frank Gatson. If your team doesn’t buy it, it’s not it! This does come with some fine print. You need to surround yourself with the right team before trusting your vision to that level of consensus.

Your Team Deserves Your Consideration

Do you like the people you work with? Do the people you work with like you? Simon Sinek tells a story about Noah, an employee he met at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. He mentions that he spent way more time than normal ordering a coffee because of how friendly Noah was. In the course of their discussion, he delves into why Noah loves his job so much. Noah’s answer? Because of how the managers (not just his manager) take the time to make sure he has what he needs.

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Starting with consideration might be a great first step if you’re wondering how to get the best out of people that work for and with you. Take this into account. Noah also works for a competing hotel and doesn’t share the same sentiment about his other workplace. Why? Because the workplace culture is focused more on what they can get out of the employees rather than how they can best serve their employees to perform at their best.

That’s some serious food for thought!

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