I quit my job January 2016 to write my first book and learn more about being a writer. At least, that’s what I told most people. The truth is I was worn out from Corporate America. Every company has a distinct culture with unwritten rules. And as a black woman, those rules were created by …
Here are the next two steps I take to build a team:
Take 5 minutes
Showing up early to a meeting or to work and spending those few minutes getting to know someone pays off. People say what they need, share what’s important to them and are constantly speaking through their body language. People like to talk about themselves, so get them talking.
I recently sat down with a friend who asked my advice on building a team when you have a team composed of fresh-out-of-college team members to mid-career team members and the experienced-this-is-how-we-do-things team members. I don’t think he appreciated the answer, because there is no quick and easy way to build a team.
We have a tendency to focus on our careers and push the rest to the margins of our life. This leads to a life of regret. It leads to a reactionary life – reacting to every circumstances. But having a life plan allows you to withstand storms that come, because it gives you depth and focus.