President Ronald Reagan, the great unifier in government had many famous quotes, but this is one of my favorites. It’s funny because no matter how old you get or what position you are in your job, the lessons you learned as a kid still apply. Remember when your coach once told you “there is no “I” in team”? Well when it comes to life and business this old saying holds true in your adult life as well.
All successful CEOs I have met over the years share one strong common trait and that’s the knack for putting together a strong team. Why? Because it is essential to have a collection of individuals who compliment each other. The collective passion in achieving success and a unifying front in addressing challenges is a necessary ingredient to a thriving and successful culture. Your team is a reflection of you. You need a sounding board.
Steve Case learned over the course of his career, the success or failure of a company depends primarily on the individuals involved. “If you have a talented group of people that are passionate and well led, I don’t think there’s a limit on what can be achieved in terms of building a great organization or a great brand,” he says.
“In all of my business endeavors I have made it a point to hire the most talented and passionate people. Surrounding yourself and your company with talent is essential to grow. You can’t do it alone,” he stresses. “Indeed, there’s an African proverb that says if you want to go quickly, go alone, but if you want to go far, you must go together. I like big ideas that take some time to develop, and can be developed only by a team. Entrepreneurs must be talent scouts all the time, always on the lookout for people to add to their team.” Case explains the “three Ps” they live by at Revolution: people, passion, and perseverance. “With those three things coupled together, almost anything can happen. Without them, not much can happen.” This is the exact advice Case gives to the owners of the small businesses he invests in through his ever expanding Revolution portfolio.
Working together is a positive step in building a solid pathway to achieving success. It’s up to you in how you draw up your plans in building your road to prosperity.