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Learn how teamwork can change your success rate

Probably the most important element in any major success is assembling the best possible team around you so that you can focus on what you are really good at. With the right team in place, in which each member serves the part of the task in hand that they are best at, you can jointly achieve or create something far bigger, more powerful, more beautiful, or better in every respect, than anyone can do on their own.

Just look at Andy Murray winning Wimbledon and then the 2012 Olympics. He couldn’t have done it without a succession of coaches at different stages in his career, and his entourage of supporters. They all contributed their own part in his success. Or on a more day-to-day level, look at the team of tradesmen required to build a house.

By the same token, if you find out what you are good at and focus on doing that while developing your skills, and maybe doing further trainings and so forth, while others work in concert with you doing what they are good at, you will jointly achieve far more than you could ever do on your own.

If, like me, you are a coach and a writer, would you waste your time trying to your car’s annual service and MOT? I wouldn’t. If my computer goes wrong and I can’t fix it within half an hour, I call my trusty computer man and he sorts it out in minutes flat. I regard my mechanic and my computer engineer as trusted and essential members of my support team. That enables me to get on with coaching and writing, which are what I want to do, and with a lot less stress. They are both far better at what they do than I could ever be.

What I’m trying to emphasise is the importance of focusing on your strengths and developing them to the highest possible level, without wasting time trying to do things that you are not naturally good at and never will be.

But suppose you are a one man band – an artist or writer, for example? Why would such a person need to be part of a team? Let me explain by giving an example.

I once had a client who was writing her second novel but she thought she’s got stuck. Actually she kept unconsciously distracting herself with household chores and admin.

Truth is, if you want to write a book you have to dedicate yourself to writing regularly – come what may and whatever the cost. There is no other way. If you don’t want to write in a dirty house, hire a cleaner, hire a dog-walker, get a personal assistant – in other words assemble the team you need to ensure your efforts bear fruit. That way you end up not only with a finished manuscript but also with a clean house, a fit and happy dog, the washing up done, and e-mails and ‘phone calls answered.

Soon, when your manuscript is finished, you will need another team, namely an editor, maybe a literary agent, and a publisher.

Synergy, the phenomenon of the whole being far greater than the sum of its parts, is truly awesome. Find some competent and reliable people to team up with who have the skills you need but haven’t got and watch your project take off into the stratosphere!


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About Dave Robson (67 Articles)
Holistic Coach and Author of The Five Pillars of Happiness; finding ways to help you tackle the world