“You don’t need world-class talents to create world class products. But, what you need is a right balance of skill, knowledge, work environment and most importantly a great team; the team that is united and has a very strong bond. If you can choose to invest in something, invest in building great teams then step out of their way and let them shine.”
– Piyorot Piyachan
What does it look like to build a great team? It starts with a promising story. Think of when you have a dream to do something great but unfortunately you cannot make it by yourself. You need someone who can help. Instead of finding the most talented people in the world who you have never met before, you choose to call your close friends, share them the dream, and invite them to join the ride. Some says yes, some is in doubt, some gently declines. At this point, if you start asking yourself “Why did I call this guy?”, and “Why did they respond differently?” There are three elements related to that:
- You called this guy because you trust him or her. You know in your heart that this is the one you can rely on no matter whatever happens.
- They said “Yes” because for sure they also trust in you. A part from which, your story and vision touches his or her heart. He/She, for a long time, wanted to do something great and at that very moment he/she get motivated to be part of this.
This is a foundation. We trust each other, we believe and share the same vision, and we are so motivated to make it reality. Skill, ability, knowledge, and money are just trivial at first. This is a purpose-driven team. This team works for something bigger than themselves. This team doesn’t understand the word “Me”, but it profoundly believes in the word “We”.
Sadly, many big-outdated companies are struggling with finding a way to build a great team. Even worse, some of them don’t understand this simple concept, let alone seeking the answer.
Well … how? It is simple and straightforward. As a leader, you build an environment that allows a team to be formed based on trust not availability, inspiration not manipulation, and motivation not job function. Let them share their story, vision, and belief. Let the others choose what they want to work on and with whom. With this shift, let’s see a difference it can make. You will be surprised.