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5 essential things to remember when building your dream team

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The key to building a thriving startup? Building a thriving team.

Why? Because your team basically IS your startup! The folks you surround yourself with to help you realize your business goals are the folks that will actually do the work and drive your business forward. So, taking the time to pick the right ones is crucial.

BUT. Building your dream team is not as simple as hiring a bunch of CEOs and throwing them in a room together. It’s a tad more complex than that. When building your dream team, you need to remember these five things:

1. The right candidate might not always be where you think.

When hiring a new team member, it’s vital to search outside the perceived talent pool you’re used to fishing in.

Career direction is no longer a case of starting from the bottom and working your way up. People move in all sorts of random directions.

So, if you confine your search for the perfect CFO to people already in prominent CFO positions, you unnecessarily hinder yourself pretty dramatically.

You need to remember that CFOs do far more than just crunch numbers. They also need to be risk assessors, analytics wizards, people managers, communicators and decision makers.

Cast your net widely across different industries and different positions that hold some or all of these transferable skills in high regard. You never know what you might catch!

2. The future is now.

As automation and AI take over routine jobs and many professions, you need to start prioritizing behaviors and attitudes over knowledge and experience when appointing new team members.

In the future workplace, it’s the essentially human aspects of work – empathy, persuasion, adaptability and creativity – that become super important.

Look for creative problem solvers and strategic decision makers, rather than someone with perfect unicorn experience for a given role.

Another thing to consider is the rise of the gig economy. It might make better economic sense for your startup to have fewer full-time employees, tapping into other part-timers as they’re needed.

3. Don’t forget about the women.

When Uber was looking for a new CEO, it was pretty certain the board would choose a current or former CEO of a large public company.

This requirement reduced the candidate pool to practically zilch. And in the end, despite the fact that they’d wanted to hire a woman, they ended up appointing a man. Which is really not surprising, considering women currently only take up about 5% of CEO positions.

When interviewing for a role, particularly those in the C-suite, make sure you’re looking at men AND women (see point 1). If fewer women apply, consider seeking some potential candidates out and inviting them to interview.  

This is not just about providing equal opportunity. The research actually shows that hiring women is linked to better corporate financial results. So, taking this issue seriously is really a win-win.

4. Invest in the team you already have.

Imaginative and visionary people are actually everywhere; chances are you’ve already hired a few. If you notice a high potential employee in the lower levels of your business, help them realize their potential now.

Everyone has room to learn and grow, and with the right data and support you can help members of your team overcome their blind spots, leverage their positive behaviors and thrive in a role best suited to them.

5. Hiring is only the start of successful team building.

So, you’ve hired and trained up all the right people… what now? It’s important to remember building a team is only the start of the journey.

According to a two-year study by Google, a team will only thrive where they feel they can depend on their fellow teammates; when they have clear goals and when they feel what they do has meaning and impact.

Perhaps most importantly, they need to feel safe and supported in sharing ideas, taking risks and voicing their opinions in a business context.

You need to create collaborative physical, digital and metaphorical workspaces that facilitate coordination and solidarity – fostering support, creativity and strategic problem-solving among team members.

As a founder, you are ultimately responsible for the success of your team. You owe it to yourself to invest in them, giving your business the best chance of victory.

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Big Picture Thinker

Inspire yourself and others to see the bigger picture! Increase your comfort and use of abstract and strategic thinking to gain a broader perspective in work and life. Big picture thinking is key in communication, leadership, businesses, selling, marketing, and situations where you need to get the gist of things quickly.

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Goal Catcher

Inspire yourself and others to see and achieve grand visions and goals. A focus on goals is especially helpful for inspirational leaders, starting your own business, impactful communication, or for achieving awesome outcomes at work and in life.

5 - 15 minutes
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Increase EQ

Explore, develop or strengthen your emotional intelligence (EQ). Awareness of your and others’ emotions is at the heart of influencing, ‘reading people’, impactful communication, deep relating and authentic connection at work and in life.

5 - 15 minutes
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Multiply Your Impact

Multiply your impact by embracing the experience and genius within others. During this eight week program Coach Marlee will help you to develop a genuine appreciation for experimentation and data and a willingness to empower the opinions, feedback and insights within your team and others in your life.

5 - 15 minutes
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Personal Power

In this high impact eight week program Coach Marlee will help you increase your comfort and confidence to be in positions of influence and leadership, navigate organizational politics and also help you develop greater confidence to compete and influence at the top of your industry or field.

5 - 15 minutes
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Reflection & Patience

Develop ‘step back’ mastery for increased self-awareness and developing mindsets and tools for constant improvement. Reflection and patience is core to consolidating learning, development, strategic thinking, recharging and living an authentic and meaningful life.

5 - 15 minutes
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8 weeks

Start Fast

Close the gap between your great ideas and starting them. Energy and drive for starting is key for inventing new things, starting businesses, selling, marketing, socializing or in situations where you need to think on your feet.

5 - 15 minutes
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Trust Your Gut Feel

Explore, strengthen and stand by what you believe in at work and in life. Trust in your ‘gut feel’ and point of view is especially helpful for influencing, starting your own business, having your personal needs met and for living an authentic and meaningful life.

5 - 15 minutes
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Vital Wellbeing

In this high impact nine week program Coach Marlee will help you to increase your energy, vitality and general wellbeing while also helping you to break through self sabotage and develop life long skills for emotional resilience and self-esteem. Enjoy weekly cutting edge science backed wellbeing resources from both Marlee and our wellbeing partner Blisspot.

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