Entrepreneurs and Teams
As entrepreneurs, we know the issues and all the tasks that need to get done to run a small business. And when we think of major brands, we see what we don’t have that they do have is a team. Hard work only takes you so far; building a successful small business takes team work and good communication.
My daughter and I became entrepreneurs 6 years ago. We collaborate, brainstorm, and over the years divided our tasks and responsibilities.While I focus on social media marketing, she does the photography, editing and website updates. Like many of you, we get overwhelmed with the myriad of tasks and our to do lists never completely gets done. I fantasize about the day we will hire people and grow our team. But then I remember an interesting thought I had when I was watching the Olympics. Despite each country sending its own team to compete, it seemed there was a respect, admiration and a coming together of all the separate countries to create a single team. It is often the roar of the crowd that spurs a team on. The thunderous clapping, standing and flag waving that juices a performer or team.
Is there a correlation?
By shifting my perception and perspective of what constitutes a team, I might actually have a larger one than I imagined. The Webster dictionary says it is “A brood, or horses harnessed together…”, Not an exact fit for my current reality. As I continued to search for other definitions I came across this one from Wikipedia, “A group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries with links strengthened by webs of communication technology”. Now we are getting closer to my reality. But I am still interested in getting a closer fit, and then I see it in two different quotes: “A team lifts and elevates the performance of an individual to heights never before achieved” and ” good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we“.
As I look at my day to day supporters, I see they are my Virtual team who lifts and supports us in unknown ways. They are frequently the people I go to when I’m stuck and often help beyond expectations. One reason others give of themselves is that they believe in us, yes-you, me, because they either love our products, our passion or desire to succeed and they too want our success. I bet we all feel the support just from an uplifting comment or an answer to ‘how do I do this’ question. And I always love it when a supporter surprises me with a purple post or an uplifting inspiration. Don’t you have those unexpected moments that move you forward?
Who is my virtual team?
They are YOU, reading this post, leaving me positive comments, just like the ones you leave on my Facebook page posts, (http://www.facebook.com/EarthandMoonDesign). They are the fans and friends who love our jewelry. The professionals I’ve hired to teach and guide us. They are our customers, readers, the people I’ve met through groups and group administrators. I think about all the amazing social media marketers who have taught me through their blogs, webinars, articles and posts and whet my appetite to learn more. I know you all know exactly who I am talking about and I appreciate all that you did and still do. Don’t we all have our own virtual teams?
Who is on Your Virtual Team? I have mine!