Whose on YOUR Team?

huddle 2It might be clear in football what the answer is….22 guys, a punter, kicker, and a coach.  But in business that’s not always the case.  There could be internal team members like your boss, peers, or someone from a supporting department or external team members like clients and vendors.

But wait…I just spoke to a football player that told me perhaps football isn’t very clear either.  He told me about the “11 guys on the field at a time but… I haven’t mentioned the 12th man!”

I said, “Oh no, do tell.”

He proceeded to explain how the fans can be considered the ’12th man’.  The Seattle Seahawks in particular have fans that are so loud that the opposing team can’t hear plays being called.  This is such a benefit to the Seahawks that they consider the fans as an extra player.

Two lessons in this.  First – Your Fans (ie clients) are part of your team.  Second- If you are having trouble figuring out the answer to “Whose on your team?” then you aren’t alone!

If you are a corporate meeting planner your team could include a boss, employees, client, supplier, and another department.  An independent planner might choose the client, speaker, venue, and AV company.  In that same industry the supplier might pick their sales team, support staff, and a planner.

If you are a project manager your team might include stakeholders, a sponsor, developers, customers, and various team members that are also working on 4-8 other projects.

Perhaps you’re an entrepreneur and your team is your bank, a bookkeeper, a virtual assistant, and a manufacturing team in a different country.

And if that’s not enough, let’s look at your life.  Your team could be your parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends, babysitter, and community.   huddle 3

It’s important to understand whose on your team for 2 primary reasons.

  1. Unless you take the time to truly understand all the players on your team you are likely to make under informed decisions.  You can’t please all the people all the time.  However looking at the perspectives of key team members will help you find solutions and outcomes that are inclusive and most effective.
  2. You have the option to choose your team (not everyone does-corporate politics and genetic makeup may come into play-no offense sis!) but you have more power in choosing than you may think.

Choose to surround yourself with positive, like minded, interesting and fun individuals and your business and life will become more productive, vibrant, and satisfying.  And YES it’s ok to limit the time you spend with negative energy sappers.

Figure out whose on your team.  Learn what makes them tick. Ask questions.  Engage.  Appreciate.  I’ve learned so much, discovered deeper insights, made more money, found more joy, and shorter paths to my goals…by being open to the opinions and experience of others.

Action Step:  Make a list of the people on your team.  Is there anyone who should receive a pat on the back or thank you?  Anyone you don’t know enough about?  Need to schedule a lunch with someone?  Cultivate your team so you can work together and achieve success.

Email Heather with questions and comments at Heather@FireInFive.com.  Limited space for the upcoming Ignite Your Income 6 Week Coaching Program.  Info and applications here.

About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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