When selecting a team what’s your starting point? Is it trying to find people who you feel comfortable being around, a crew with lots of degrees, a crew with lots of experience, or do you ignore all the above and just go with your gut.
What if we selected our teams based on the problems or goals we were trying to achieve? Perhaps we don’t have the same eating habits, like the same movies, or that irritating way you cut me off in the middle of my thought bothers me. But setting these things aside you are the best at solving one of my biggest problems and can do so in your sleep. Do I set aside my feelings, personal issues, and compromise my comforts. If I compromise once then won’t, I have to do so all the time? How would I live with myself?
Absolutely not! Perhaps it’s just been the way we have been looking at building our teams. Maybe we don’t need a long-term commitment but just simply an agreement that focuses on the current problem/ issue that will be addressed and the related payment arrangements. No long-term contracts. No long-term need to build a relationship. We don’t need to break bread together but merely focus on the one thing we have in common - the problem that needs fixing. After that goal is met, we can determine next steps or if we need to continue the working together at all.
Everyone we do business with does not need to be a long-term friend, but it’s something we have to settle in our hearts and minds. It’s not personal. In fact, it opens up our eyes to understand the truly real and good personal relationships we have compared to the those that are merely for a short season.
Let’s get to work. Build those teams with the skills and experience to solve the current problems and help your company achieve those goals. When situations arise for long-term relationships then bring in those people. But this is not required for every single role and opportunity in your organization especially if you are just growing or going through a transition.