Discover the CEO of YOU™ – Surround Yourself with the Right People

One of the most important step in the journey to discover the CEO of YOU™ is to surround yourself with the right people. An outstanding team will give an outstanding performance, a mediocre team will give mediocre results.  The quality of your team will determine your level of success. 

“It doesn’t matter how great your strategy or your vision is, without the right people to support you, you’re not going to make it. Your team will determine the quality of your success.” – James Justin

Jim Collins, noted author of New York Times bestseller – Good to Great and Built to Last, popularized the idea that leaders need to make sure they have the right team in place before they can move their companies in the right direction.

Think about building your team the same way a coach thinks about assembling a team. Every key member will serve a specific role, but it is the joint actions of the team that will lead to success. This means you need the right team members, not just the most qualified individuals.

I ran across this inspiring teamwork fable the other day and it did a great job illustrating the joint actions of a team.

Who flies the kite?

One windy March day the Mayor of the town decided to take a stroll across the park. He ran into a small boy who was flying the biggest and most beautiful kite he had ever seen.

It soared high and gently across the sky that the mayor was sure it could be seen in the next city. This little town didn’t have very many things that were spectacular, so the Mayor decided to award a “key to the city” to the one responsible for such a beautiful thing.

“Who is responsible for flying this kite?” the Mayor asked.

“I am,” said the little boy holding with all his might to the beautiful big kite. He said, “I made this huge kite myself, with my own hands. I painted all of the colorful pictures on it, and I fly it!”

“I am,” said the wind. “It is my breeze that keeps it in the air flying so big and beautiful. Unless I blow on it, it will not fly at all. I fly it!”

“Not so,” claimed the kite’s tail. “I make it sail and give it stability against the wind’s blowing gusts. Without me the kite would spin out of control and not even the boy could save it from crashing to the earth. I fly the kite!”

So, who flies the kite?

They all do!

In the day-to-day hustle and bustle of work it’s easy to forget that everyone flies the kite together as one unit. Without the team, the leader would never be successful. Without a good leader the team would fail. Both need each other. And each person on the team need one another as well. They all fly the kite!

It’s common for us to underestimate the importance of the company we keep. We need people, whether they’re employees, mentors, family or trusted friends,  who challenge us and push us to be better. The right circle of influence raises the bar, helping us to set new, loftier expectations of ourselves.

Oftentimes, we don’t know what we are capable of until we see others achieve.  When we surround ourselves with positive, successful people they consciously (and subconsciously) challenge us to be our best selves. Our success is heavily dependent on the quality of the people in our team.

According to our CEO of YOU™ practice success blueprint, your team will comprise of the following groups of people:
• Professional Mentors/Advisors/Coaches/Consultants
• Employees
• Vendors
• Community Advocates
• Patients
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to write a series of articles about how to select the right team for your practice.  Next week, I’m going to focus on the professional team – the shield for your practice.  So stay tuned!

Are you surrounded by the right people in your team? Do they challenge you to grow and become a better version of yourself? Are they helping you achieve your goals?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, congratulations you are on your way to building a winning team. However, If you answered no to one or more of the questions above, we would love to help you get on track.

For more information on how to build a winning team, complete the form below to request a complementary consultation on our CEO of YOU™ practice success blueprint.

Until next time, remember to dream big, take risks and become the CEO of YOU™!

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