By Dean M. Brenner, president of The Latimer Group and author of SHARING THE SANDBOX: Building and Leading World-Class Teams in the 21st Century.
When we inherit or join an existing team, often the best way to make that team great is to fine-tune the necessary adjustments rather than start over. In other words, sometimes you just have to play the hand of cards that you have been dealt. Conversely, when given the chance to build a team from the beginning, it is a fantastic opportunity to create something special. Making the most of that opportunity, however, requires some planning and forethought.
This opportunity is so common for entrepreneurs who are either starting their new business, or still have the nimbleness in their organization to build things quickly and react to opportunities. With that entrepreneurial reality in mind, here are six steps you can take the next time you have the opportunity to build your team from scratch. (more…)